Head underground (or to an elevated track!) and snap a subway picture, then submit it here. Legendary photographer Bruce Davidson will take a look at your submissions, and we'll feature some of our favorites online and on-air. Deadline for submission is 11:59pm on Sunday, October 16th. Please don't submit more than 3 photographs!
Always Time Square
Waiting at the Roosevelt Island Station. the tracks juxtaposed with the mixture of eclectic people is a real NYC experience for me.
This elevated track station in Brooklyn is so beautiful in a NYC kind of way. With its' peeling paint arches, the history of NYC is revealed. Peeling paint and rust in NYC has inspired me to look deeper into the hidden beauty of these seemingly ugly vistas.
I was heading to Borough Park for a photography assistant job just this past September 2011. I had never been to the New Utrecht station in Brooklyn and as I took the scene in, I was struck by how old this station was. The outside elements influencing the overall look and feel, the mixture of people, the graffiti in the background, all brought together a sense of NYC in the truest sense. The pile of barriers in the center, trying to bring order to the scene, only brings out the NYC disorder that I so love!
I was working on a series of subway shots while taking a photography class at the Cooper Union School of Continuing Education. This shot was taken in the winter of 2010. I like the intimacy of the couple in such a public place like a subway car. I think it shows how people live their lives in New York - often in crowded locations. It also shows how New Yorkers have the ability to find a private and peaceful zone in the midst noise and crowds.
I made this photo on my commute to school the other day. The train stopped and I was standing by the door and the word pray was written in chalk on a beam. I'm not sure how it got there as soon as I snapped a few shots we were on our way. Most experiences in New York are as fleeting as a prayer.
This photograph is part of a series shot while I was a student at SVA in the 70's. At that time not many people walked around with a Leica around their neck taking pictures illegally. This particular photo of these sisters was made on an elevated train in the Bronx--oh beautiful light.
I always carry a camera on me to capture random things and moments like this. I titled it "Brooklyn Love Story". It was 2 or 3am on the West4 stop on a saturday nite. I found those roses left behind on the floor. Felt very intense, as if the rest of the love story took off to Brooklyn on that train behind.
Standing in Long Island City as the express E roars by at who-knows-what o'clock in the middle of the night, half buzzed from cocktails at Dutch Kills, half buzzed from beers at LIC Bar, consumed by cravings for a hamburger... any hamburger, that only exist as you walk home with only a rolled up paperback in your pocket or solitaire on your phone to kill time. Meanwhile, the MTA employee watches on. He may be bored, but he's at least getting paid.
This is actually not the Subway. It's the LIRR train at the Forest Hills, Queens station. But honestly, there are more than a few folks out there who use LIRR and MetroNorth's internal city stops to get to work and back, just as there are people who comuute by PATH. All of these train lines run through NYC in unison, as a sort of cardiovascular system of transit. The subway and the taxis are iconic, but stereotypical images of where we live. There are alternate options co-existing as well that few city-dwellers take advantage of.
This image is part of a long running project. It was shot in August 2010 on a rainy day. The drops on the glass made an ordinary scene into a memorable one.
A few years ago, very early in the am, we were on the way to the airport, and everybody was passed out.
Where else can you enjoy a group nap?
I was taking a series of opportunistic subway shots in August and lo and behold, I spy this woman carrying her extra head upside down! I was so excited to capture this decisive moment, you cannot imagine! The background and colors are really gritty and serve to highlight this remarkable image. New Yorkers are characters, unlike the stoical folks in Seattle, where I live. I have all of Bruce Davidson's books and I am proud to submit this image for consideration.
Melissa Bunni Elian
Winter 2009, 168th St. elevator - 1 and A train
I almost didn't take this picture. I was inspired by the twins and the random collection of people. The faces perfectly depict New York City attitude: "Whataya lookin' at?".
I was in love with the moment, so I snapped.
August 2011. Enjoying the ride.
N train, Feb. 2009. Backpacks and large containers are subject to random search...
The person holding the box reminded me of the mummenschanz commercials I used to see as a kid in the 70's for some reason.
I also started to think weird things like what if this person really had a box for a torso? Certainly, the man next to him wasn't bothered by this fusing of boxes and humans. He was too tired to care.
N train - 59th street.
I always find it fascinating how people fall asleep on the subway. There's something comforting in seeing someone so at peace while the world is hustling and bustling around them.