New York Times article featuring photographs by Hannah Ryan

This month, current MFA Photo/Video student Hannah Ryan's photographs are featured in the New York Times article "Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Other People’s Screens."

Ryan’s work “Subway Hands” as featured in NYT

Ryan’s work “Subway Hands” as featured in NYT

As the article asserts: "Other people’s screens are everywhere, once you start to notice them. They’re collectively most obvious at night, as they bob through the city, creating a new, hand-height layer to the ambient lights, or when held up at concerts, like lighters. During the day, other people’s screens hover around us as we wait in line for coffee, or as we sit and drink our coffee, or as we take our coffee on the bus or train.


Other people’s screens are windows into their lives, and brains, and relationships and work — into their politics, anxieties, failures and addictions."

Ryan's photographs offer a voyeuristic look at the hand-held screens of strangers and are a fitting compliment to the Times article's discussion on "shoulder-surfing"-- a term used to describe glancing at the screens of passerby.

Ryan's photographs are part of her ongoing project titled "Subway Hands," which has garnered a wide following on Instagram. To view more of Ryan's work, visit her feed (@subwayhands on Instagram).

To read the full New York Times article with Ryan's images, follow this link.