A person who reads is barely lonely or bored but entertained, educated, and/or informed by the book. In the act of reading the fantasy world of a book is often reflected on the face of the people; it can raise them from the present moment, and stop the world for a little while.
Steve McCurry, the photographer of Magnum Photos, was taking pictures of people immersed in reading all over the world for forty years.
The photographer was inspired by André Kertész, the famous Hungarian photographer:
I met the legendary photographer André Kertész shortly after I moved to New York in my early thirties. Some of his most intriguing pictures were photographs of people reading. They were taken over a 50-year period, and were collected in his book On Reading, published in 1971.
– he told to BBC.
Photo credit: Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos