When book lovers travel, or just ride public transportation, we get voyeuristic kicks observing the reading habits of other travelers. Sometimes it even leads to a serendipitous bibliophile meet-up. Dutch photographer Rainer Gerritsen has been capturing these moments for his book “The Last Book” (Aperture) and a current exhibition at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
Gerritsen’s images for the project all came from his travels on the New York City subway system. He combines images in Photoshop to create painterly compositions reminiscent of Dutch Golden Age portraits.