One of my former student workers recently posted an awesome link to facebook and it’s just too good not to share. I’ve spent an hour just scrolling through. It’s called Underground New York Public Library, which “is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways” by Ourit Ben-Haim. A concept so simple yet so intriguing, entertaining, and insightful. Each photograph tells such a story truly bringing into play the saying a “a photograph is worth a 1,000 words.” Periodically Ourit tells of how she took the shot and then had to interrupt that person to get the title. You’ll see she always posts the title with a link to where you can borrow or purchase that particular story. Here’s a few that were thought provoking…

This one makes me laugh because of the little girl to the right eating her pixie stick.

The irony in this picture is uncanny. The sign that she needs a miracle and cup for people to drop money into while she sits and reads Husband for Hire. I don’t know it’s just so ironic…I bet she could write her own story.

This big guy, nice wedding ring, intently reading The Price of Motherhood. Another one that makes you wonder… What are his circumstances that brought him to read this book?

This one makes me want to go read Blueberries for Sal. Although I’ve never heard of this book, I want to read it anyway. The joy in their faces brought joy to my heart.

This one is great because of the composition from outside of the subway car. Genius!