Underground New York Public Library

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.
This project is not affiliated with The New York Public Library


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"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel," by Jeff Kinney

Borrow I Read

on the left he’s reading "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw," by Jeff Kinney. on the right he’s reading "Warriors," by Erin Hunter.

Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid I Read Warriors

I was delighted by these two the moment I saw them. I wished very much to bring them to the library. Candidly photographing children is an even trickier area of street photography, so I was glad that their parents (pictured at left) were present. I approached them and asked if I could photograph their kids as they were reading. They were so enthusiastic about the underground library when I told them about it! They said “yes! sure!”, both of them in sync with their agreement. What was even more marvelous was the way these kids quietly observed our exchange, looking at their parents the entire time. When their parents expressed their agreement to me, they went back to reading and allowed me to photograph them, all without saying a word. 

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