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’80s NYC Subway Commuters in Fascinating Photographs

Flavorwire’s Marina Galperina writes:
Children hovering by the subway window to the glow of Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel. A man cowering from a pointed gun. A young vandal at work in a tagged subway car. A punk brooding at a station. In the mid-80s, photographer Bruce Davidson captured New York City’s subway commuters in a ground-breaking series first published by Aperture, freezing the subject in powerful, split-second vignettes.

The Illinois-born photographer has described his subjects as “the people in the subway, their flesh juxtaposed against the graffiti, the penetrating effect of the strobe light itself, and even the hollow darkness of the tunnels, inspired an aesthetic that goes unnoticed by passengers who are trapped underground, hiding behind masks, and closed off from each other.” Decades later, the images seem familiar yet distant, cinematic yet tangible.

Via Flavorwire.

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This entry was published on August 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “’80s NYC Subway Commuters in Fascinating Photographs

  1. Steve Ramirez on said:

    Your commentary is an art-form in itself…a powerful yet minimalist use of words.
    As for the photos…I see predators and future victims.

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