Photographer Shoots a Portrait of Every Book Reader Spotted on the Subway

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The Last Book” is an interesting series of images collected by Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen, who spent 13 weeks over 3 years scouring the subway system of New York City for riders reading books. Every time he saw one, he would snap a picture and make a note of the book that was being read.

Gerritsen shot thousands of photographs during his many hours in the subways, and what resulted was an extensive catalog of subway riders and their books of choice. He has selected a large number of them for display on the project’s website where they’re arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Here’s a selection of the images in “The Last Book” (the author and book names are displayed in the captions):

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics.

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics.

Tennessee Williams. Four Plays.

Tennessee Williams. Four Plays.

Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Daniel Silva. The Rembrandt Affair.

Daniel Silva. The Rembrandt Affair.

J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Jodi Picoult. Second Glance.

Jodi Picoult. Second Glance.

Stuart Neville. Collusion.

Stuart Neville. Collusion.

Hamish McDonald. Ambani & Sons.

Hamish McDonald. Ambani & Sons.

Carson McCullers. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Carson McCullers. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

George R.R. Martin. A Feast for Crows.

George R.R. Martin. A Feast for Crows.

Deepak Malhotra. Negotiation Genius.

Deepak Malhotra. Negotiation Genius.

Mary MacLane. I Await the Devil's Coming.

Mary MacLane. I Await the Devil’s Coming.

Stieg Larsson. The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Stieg Larsson. The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Patrick Lapeyre. La Vie Est Brève et le Désir Sans Fin

Patrick Lapeyre. La Vie Est Brève et le Désir Sans Fin

Paul Krugman. End This Depression Now!

Paul Krugman. End This Depression Now!

William Hubben. Dostoevsky, Kierkegard, Nietzsche and Kafka.

William Hubben. Dostoevsky, Kierkegard, Nietzsche and Kafka.

Chris Gardner. Pursuit of Happyness.

Chris Gardner. Pursuit of Happyness.

Jane Gardam. Old Filth.

Jane Gardam. Old Filth.

Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections.

Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections.

Mark Epstein. Thoughts Without a Thinker.

Mark Epstein. Thoughts Without a Thinker.

Carol Dweck. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Carol Dweck. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

John de Crevecoeur. Letters from an American Farmer.

John de Crevecoeur. Letters from an American Farmer.

David Byrne. How Music Works.

David Byrne. How Music Works.

Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.

Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.

The images in “The Last Book” also been published as a photo book with the same name.

The Last Book [Reinier Gerritsen via Slate]


Image credits: Photographs by Reinier Gerritsen and used with permission

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