Fri
May 25 2012 2:45pm

Solve this Photo Mystery for the Underground New York Public Library

Reading The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson, partial crop / photo: Ourit Ben-HaimIf you read on the subway, you may have unknowingly entered the Underground New York Public Library or UNYPL.

The website of street photographer Ourit Ben-Haim (who gave us permission to reproduce these photos) beautifully and simply documents people and their books.

The images are wonderful, and the range of readers and subjects reflects the variety of people taking the subways, which is to say, everyone in the city.

Reading IQ84 by Haruki Murakami / photo: Ourit Ben-Haim

 

Reading Einstein’s Cosmos by Michio Kaku / photo: Ourit Ben-Haim

However, sometimes, it’s hard to make out the titles because of visibility or circumstances, and in those cases, the photo will be listed as Unsolved to invite a crowd-sourced solution.

Unsolved Title from UNYPL / photo: Ourit Ben-Haim

We can’t stand the U word, so this is a super close-up of the only currently unsolved book at the UNYPL, which its founder frankly admits now haunts her dreams. (I think I saw that same palm in the movie Dune. The sleeper awakens.) Do you recognize this book cover?  Can you help crack this case?

Hat tip: CrimeHQ’s Social Media Maven, the fabulous Jen Forbus.

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2 comments
Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
The Unknown reader kind of looks like a woman from the office. Perhaps we should ask just in case... :P
Clare Toohey
2. clare2e
I think I know who you mean, but if you look at the whole picture, I think the Unknown reader is taller. But ask away--she's literate and well-read, she might know!
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