Documenting self intimacy

Photographer Steve McCurry has documented all aspects of human life; times of happiness, terror, sadness. All the colors of of the human soul live in the great artistry of the master of vivid colors, light and composition. At Palazzo Madama, Torino until 1st july, the Exhibiton, Leggere (reading), dedicated to one of the most beautiful, nourishing and intimate act of a person: reading.

Exploring the human mind

“Life is short, and there is no time to waste on characterless people or situations”. Steve McCurry is definitely living according to this quote of his on life: always on the move, traveling the world, documenting what he retains that has meaning.
We are ever grateful for his soulful contribution through his visual storytelling of the world we live in and human emotions.
The Torino exhibition embraces 65 of McCurry’s work coming from all over the world, that all have in common the demonstration of the intimate yet universal act of reading. It reveals in a profoundly poetic way the inherent power of the reading action and McCurry’s capacity to carry you into imaginary worlds, dreams, memories, the present, past and future, exploring as well the human mind.

A Buddha monk reading in company of a cat and boy reading to elephant (Thailand). If this isn’t a tribute to the beauty of the soul I don’t know what could be

The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone – Jonathan Franzen

Dim lighting and master reading quotes 

The dim soft lighting of the exhibition space and Roberto Cotroneo’s carefully chosen quotes on reading, enrich the exhibition experience and give this soul journey the perfect framework, emphasizing the innerly accent of McCurry’s color “symphony”. The subtitles here below are my impressions in words felt observing these Roman images.

Once in Rome…..
……..if angels read….. then why can’t I?

A few reading quotes to encourage and nourish your exhibition- and reading experience


Aphorisms express an opinion and at their best make a statement of wisdom. Those chosen by journalist Cotroneo are definetely of the wisdom category, sharing great writer’s words on the subject.

The founding of libraries was like constructing more public granaries, amassing reserves against a spiritual winter –

Marguerite Yourcener

When we read, we are not looking for new ideas, but for thoughts we have already had, which get their confirmation seal on the page – Cesare Pavese

If one cannot enjoy reading a book  over and over again there is no use in reading it at all – Oscar Wilde

Who does not read at 70 years old, will have lived only one life; his own. Who reads will live 5000 years: he was there when Cain killed Abel, when Renzo married Lucia, when Leopardi admired the infinity. – Umberto Eco

“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread. – François Mauriac


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