Ourit Ben-Haim

is creating Underground New York Public Library: The Book

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Reading-Rider
$3
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  • Follow the journey towards making "Underground New York Public Library: The Book". The UNYPL is an acclaimed visual library of street style photographs featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. 
  • Support the making of this book. This book expects to be boundlessly absorbing, and will be tangible proof display of that which is hardily transcendent and unites us all everywhere and no matter what. It will also be beautiful, visually and conceptually, and may result in next level love of reading out of anyone who engages it. 
  • View exploratory posts on the internal and external aspects of the undertaking. The struggle, the passion, the intentions, the blocks, the breakthroughs, the reality. Come along for the ride that is the creative process. 
  • Q & A's
  • Unlocks the archive of posts. Cancel anytime.  
  • Deep gratitude. Thank you for supporting this project.
Underground Library Patron
$5
per month
  • Everything in the previous tier, and deep gratitude. Cancel anytime. Thank you for supporting this project.
  • Underground Library Patron-only live virtual talk event hosted on Zoom, held if and after reaching twenty or more Patrons in this tier. On the medley of intertwining topics of Street Photography, Literature, Philosophy, Society, myself, and the Underground New York Public Library. I look forward to meeting you. 
VIP Underground Library Patron
$83
per month
  • Everything in the previous tiers, and deep gratitude. Cancel anytime. Thank you for supporting this project.
  • An 8 x 10 UNYPL gallery print of your choosing signed and delivered. Worldwide shipping included with parcel tracking. Print selection and delivery process begins after joining this tier.

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About

 In 2012 I focused my street photography work on one topic: the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. I set out with the intention to create a photobook, and to discover what the journey towards it would reveal. Along the way I posted the photographs on the site Underground New York Public Library, to what became a wonderfully wide international and interactive audience. The experience was fun, intense, and rewarding in many ways. It led to representation by a major creative agency and interest from a top publishing house. This was the best possible outcome that I could've imagined when starting the project, and a dream come true. 

What I wouldn't have imagined is that I was unable to accept this dream. Instead, I stopped responding to the media outlet inquiries piled up in my inbox, and didn't proceed with negotiations for the book despite the kind encouragement and enthusiasm of the people involved. Most painful, was that I didn't know what to say to the many engaged viewers who wondered why I stopped posting to the Underground Library. 

What happened? Eventually, over years and many experiences, understanding that was a part of coming to understand myself, my world, and how I can best be in it and serve it. Throughout, I wistfully remembered the Underground Library, where I saw heights in the depths of my beloved New York City. 

Now, in 2020 and during the Covid-19 global pandemic, I find myself returning to the Underground Library. Its original intention is still beckoning, illuminated by a light of perspective daring me to explore where it leads. 

I set up this Patreon as a place to share the creative process and evolving experience of this exploration, and to support this project to its completion. 

Thank you for coming to my Patreon page. 

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