People’s tastes in clothing, music, books, and company are rarely random. They are deliberate choices that form our first impressions, sending signals about who people are or want to become. That is why I love The Underground New York Public Library, an urban photography project by Ourit Ben-Haim.
What is the Underground New York Public Library?
On a simple Tumblr, Ourit Ben-Haim creates a visual library featuring the bookworm riders of NYC subways. She doesn’t interview her subjects, and her pieces rarely reveal the subway stations or train lines where she photographs. By concealing the locations at which she snaps her candids, Ben-Haim forces viewers to focus on the signals conveyed by her human subjects.
If you are in the market for some new reading material, or are simply into people-watching, pay a visit to the Underground New York Public Library. You might walk away having judged the next book you’ll read by a lot more than its cover.
Books I Discovered on the Site and Recommend
- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again | By Andy Warhol
- Steal Like and Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative | By Austin Kleon
- Everything is Illuminated | By Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Book Thief | By Markus Zusak