The Underground New York Public Library

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.


Ourit Ben-Haim defines herself as a storyteller. Her stories do not consist  in words written down on paper, but of snapped images. Ourit takes pictures of travelers who read on the New York subways.

The whole story apparently began accidentally in 2008 when Ourit, attracted by the readers from the subway, used mobile phone to capture. A year later she became interested in street photography and decided that the images of the people reading in the subway are part of the big urban story and she should make it known to the world.

“I want to create a portrait of us that makes a simple statement: we’re all involved in the story (…) My priority though is to capture a glimpse of us, even if it means some image noise, blown pixels, or an unexpected visual ratio.”says Ourit Ben-Haïm the creator of the The Underground New York Public Library which I would call a developing urban story.





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