Gorgeous Photographs of People Reading Around the World

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You may know American photojournalist Steve McCurry for his famous photograph “Afghan Girl” — as well you should — but he’s no one trick pony. This week, Underground NYPL tipped us off to a gorgeous photo series of people reading around the world that McCurry recently posted on his blog, and we were completely blown away. Spanning the globe from Canada to Kashmir and augmented with choice quotes about the joy of reading from a few famous names, including McCurry himself, the series is a phenomenal ode to the universality and wonder of literature in any language. Click through to see some of our favorite photographs, and then head over to his blog to check out even more shots — they’re all truly fantastic.

Thailand. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

India. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Kashmir. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Germany. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Burma. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

India. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

France. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Italy. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Tibet. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

China. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Korea. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Canada. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Turkey. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Afghanistan. Photo credit: Steve McCurry

Yemen. Photo credit: Steve McCurry