Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Curator of Underground NY Public Library Revealed

Earlier, I posted about the Underground New York Public Library, a Tumblr comprised of a seemingly endless stream of captivating photos of NY subway riders reading while in transit.

Photo by Ourit Ben-Haim, via
As if that weren't excellent enough, beneath each photo is a web link to the book that the subway rider is absorbed in, in case you want to know more about the book or perhaps even buy it. Book lovers, and those who love people watching, can easily spend hours browsing the Underground New York Public Library. I know I have.

Storyboard, a Tumblr that "highlight[s] talented creators and their work as found within and around the massively diverse Tumblr community," recently interviewed the UNYPL's curator, photographer Ourit Ben-Haim. Up until this interview with Storyboard, the identity of the person behind the increasingly popular website was a bit of a mystery.

Ourit Ben-Haim, the creative force behind Underground New York Public Library.
Image via
Storyboard's interview with the immensely talented Ourit Ben-Haim is a highly insightful one, offering such gems as her philosphical thoughts on reading: "I see life as a journey towards ourselves, and reading is a primary vehicle towards this destination."

If you want to read more about this prolific documenter of New York's "Reading-Riders," as she calls them, see Storyboard's interview of Ourit Ben-Haim HERE. Meanwhile, I'll return to the Underground New York Public Library, where I'll gladly be stuck for the next hour!

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