Writing with Light

Subway Love

In this age of email and Facebook and instant messaging I still get excited when I get a package in the mail. Nine times out of ten it’s something that I’ve ordered online. The package that I received last week was very different. It was a book. Not just any book, but a yet to be released copy of Subway Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Why is this exciting you ask? Because the cover image is mine.

Last July I was approached by the publisher about using my image of a Rome subway car for a new book they were publishing. They had found the image online and asked if I could send them a high resolution image so that they could see the quality. After some back and forth with the publisher they created a mock-up of what the cover design would look like and we negotiated a licensing deal. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Here’s a quick iPhone image of the book.

Subway Love, Rome, subway car, book cover, Edith Levy Photography, Candlewick Press, Nora Raleigh Baskin


And here’s the original image. Click on “The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls” to see the original post.

Click on the image below to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Rome Subway, graffiti, subway car, Italy, Rome,

48 responses

  1. Congratulations !


    April 30, 2014 at 7:41 am

  2. There’s no way that email can ever approach the feeling of getting something physical in the mail. Congrats on the book cover!


    April 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

  3. Wow, wow, wow!!!!! That is amazing :). I sort of know what that thrill feels like because I have been doing book reviews and some editing/beta reading on the side, and my name has now been mentioned in the acknowledgments in quite a few books. Plus my review for one book is on the back cover. It is a very wonderful feeling, and you should be extremely proud of yourself because you are an excellent photographer! Do you keep picking it up and looking at it over and over?


    April 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

    • Thank you so much Cindy. Yes I do keep looking at it all the time. It’s a bit surreal.


      April 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

  4. Nelson

    Wow ……. that is so cool


    April 30, 2014 at 7:59 am

  5. Wohouuuu! That’s sooo cool! congrats on this one Edith!


    April 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

  6. Len

    Congratulations Edith. There is always something special about seeing your art on a book cover.


    April 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

  7. Fantastic!! Congratulations


    April 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

  8. !! ❤ Congratulations!!


    April 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

  9. Hey they fantastic Edith! Congrats and good for you!


    April 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

  10. Well done!


    April 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

  11. Rich McPeek

    Sweet! Congrats Edith!


    April 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  12. Congratulations, Edith!
    This is so truly well-deserved.


    April 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  13. Fantastic news, Edith. Congrats! You must be very excited and happy about this and I am happy for you. 🙂 Nice work!


    April 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  14. That’s such awesome news! Congrats, Edith!


    April 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  15. Fantastic, congratulations Edith!


    May 1, 2014 at 3:05 am

  16. Well done, Edith. I love what they have created out of your original photo.


    May 1, 2014 at 3:56 am

  17. Congratulations.


    May 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

  18. LB

    Edith, this is so exciting!! Congratulations!!


    May 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

  19. Congrats on the book cover Edith…great news!


    May 3, 2014 at 8:49 am

  20. How exciting and congrats to you! You take some fab photos and I enjoy all your posts.


    May 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  21. Fantastic Edith. Getting a book cover is a dream of mine! Yours is super!


    May 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

  22. Emilio Pasquale

    Congratulations. Both versions are interesting, though I prefer yours. What intrigues me is that they felt obligated to contact you when what they did with your image could be argued as coincidence, no?


    May 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    • Thanks Emilio. I think they did a great job on the design of the cover so that it matched the story. The image is my copyright so the publisher (or anyone else) must obtain a license to use the image or any part of it so yes they were obligated to contact me.


      May 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      • Emilio Pasquale

        I agree with you about their rendering of your image. They did a great job. And I don’t mean to be argumentative or dense but what I think I’m confused about is their use of the subway car doors. Isn’t the graffiti different? And the people seen in the windows? If so, is it still your image? Please feel free to erase this comment if I am annoying or not explaining myself adequately.


        May 14, 2014 at 12:38 am

        • Hi Emilio…no your not being dense or argumentative. I think the problem maybe with the picture of the book cover itself. I shot it with my iPhone so the colour is not very accurate. The image they used is mine. The graffiti has not been changed but the image was cropped because the original is a landscape orientation and the book is portrait. The people in the windows were added by the cover designer so that it matches the story of 2 young people who meet on the subway.


          May 14, 2014 at 12:47 am

  23. Congratulations! It’s quite fun isn’t it?! 🙂
    Thanks for putting up both images as it’s interesting to see what they’ve done with your original.


    May 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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