From 17 Jan 2020 to 13 Apr 2020


The exhibition gathers 70 images of the American photographer, dedicated to the universal passion for reading, with people, in every corner of the world, in the intimate act of reading.

Edited by Biba Giacchetti and Roberto Cotroneo


 From January 17 to April 13 2020, the Arengario of Monza hosts the Exhibition Leggere by Steve McCurry, one of the most famous international photographers, celebrated for his ability to interpret time and society today.

The Exhibition, promoted by ViDi and Comune di Monza, organized by Civita Mostre e Musei, in collaboration with Sudest57, curated by Biba Giacchetti, with the literary contributions of the writer Roberto Cotroneo, gathers 70 images, dedicated to the universal passion for reading, realized by the American artist (Philadelphia, 1950) in forty years of career and which include the series that he himself has gathered in a volume, published as a tribute to the great Hungarian photographer André kertész, one of his masters.

The shots portray people from all over the world, in the intimate act of reading, with the lens of McCurry that testify his ability to transport them to imagined worlds, in memories, in the present, in the past, in the future and in the mind of man.

The contexts are the most varied, from the places of prayer in Turkey, to the streets of the markets in Italy, from the noises of India to the silences of East Asia, from Afghanistan to Cuba, from Africa to the United States. They are images that document quiet moments during which people immerse themselves in books, newspapers and magazines. Young or old, rich or poor, religious or lay; for anyone and wherever there is a moment for reading.

In a sort of parallel path, the photographs are accompanied by a series of literary pieces chosen by Roberto cotroneo. A counterpoint of words that accompany the shots of mccurry, involving the visitor in an intimate and direct relationship with reading and images.

The exhibition too, thanks to six videos with mccurry’s advice on the art of photographing, is designed to enhance the further contents of the exhibition.

The course is completed by the section Reading McCurry, dedicated to books published since 1985 with photos of Steve mccurry, many of which translated into various languages: 15 are exhibited, some now unavailable, including the volume published by Mondadori that inspired the realization of this exhibition. All books are accompanied by photos used which are often the icons that have made him famous all over the world.



For the duration of the exhibition, educational activities, meetings and free guided tours for children are planned.  An exhibition family friendly, a path studied ad hoc, a free didactic tit to be picked up at the ticket office specially creatd for the visit of children.

 In addition, within the Arengario, there wil be an artwork at“child height” for young visitors for an immersive experience dedicated to them.