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A Human Camera Obscura at the NYPL

New York Magazine | Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

A Human Camera Obscura at the NYPL

Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine


The good folks beavering away at their long tables in the magisterial north Rose Main Reading Room on the third floor of the New York Public Library’s main building might be excused for feeling spied upon. “What is that thing?” they’ve been asking the guards over the past several months, pointing up at the eerie, tripod-mounted, radarlike dish mounted on the narrow balcony at the far end of the airy, vaultlike space.