‘On reading’ is the title of a small book of one of my favourite photographers, André Kertész. This small book was first published in 1971 and became one of his signature works.
The photographs, taken between 1920 and 1970, capture people reading in many parts of the world. Readers in every conceivable place – on rooftops, in public parks, on crowded streets, waiting in the wings of the school play – are caught in a deeply personal, yet universal, moment.
Kertész’s images celebrate the absorptive power and pleasure of this solitary activity and speak to readers everywhere.
I made this photo of a reading man, sitting on the stairs on the Plaza Mayor, in the historical centre of Trujillo, in Spain.