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!
Taken on the N Train at 36th street in Brooklyn on February 5th, 2008. I caught these two sisters fast asleep after a long day of school.
I took this photo on the 4 line's elevated track in the Bronx in the spring of 2009. I was in still in school at the time pursuing my degree in photography and interning for Life.com. I was developing a true passion for street photography and was inspired by the work of photographers such as Mr. Davidson, Roy DeCarava, & Helen Levitt among others. I think this photograph represents one aspect of city life; amid all the hustle and bustle and crowded trains there are still some quiet moments. Even if its only for a second.
New York City, and in particular its subway system, is like a candy store for photographers -- visually rich and full of sweet surprises. I snapped this in Chinatown with my iphone.
Sept 21 2010, 7PM.
B Train, 47-50th uptown platform.
Canon 5DII, Nikon 58mm 1.2, uncropped
1/1000, f/1.2, @1600 at 5 feet.
the picture was taken while visiting a friend in NYC. The thinking guy that was leaning at the pole struck me (!)
I took it from inside the F train, at the above-ground 4th Ave/9th st. stop in Brooklyn. It's subway workers. I liked the layers of the smears and reflections of light on the window, then the men working, the colors of their equipment contrasted with the industrial colors and look of the station. Then I like the background of the stairs going down, suggesting more layers of space. It says that in New York in the subway we are seeing momentary, changing, less-than-clear views through those often marked windows as frames all the time, and we are seeing layers on layers, what's right in front of us, what's just beyond us, and openings into spaces higher and lower and that we are not in at all and that flash by. We are riding to our destinations at the same time that millions of others are pursuing their separate endeavors, all of which intertwine. The workers are doing their jobs working on the system while we ride it to our jobs. Separate, yet dependent on each other, passing each other briefly yet dependent in an ongoing way.
it just went off by accident
This photo was taken in June 2008. Coney Island, the first day of summer, Puerto Rican parade day.
Katherine Oktober Matthews
This photo was taking on the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn. The man writing was completely absorbed in whatever he was working on. I didn't get a chance to see what it was (Schoolwork? Something for his job? poetry?), but he didn't look up the whole trip. The man sitting next to him (who was not with him) has the classic expression of NYC onlookers, who are somehow curious about the people around them, but rarely interact. He's not doing anything in particular on the subway, just taking a ride with a lollipop.
I was standing on a D train on my way home from a friends place in Bensonhurst and noticed the defaced sign. It was one of those things where your eyes are wandering around the train looking at people and advertisements and it just stuck out and brought a smile to my face.
The NYC subway is one of the richest sources of material for documentary photography that NYC has to offer, the place where people from all walks of life meet in passing, and the spot where many "only in NYC" moments happen. I think this photo, of a man exercising in a subway station while one woman waits for him to finish and another walks by pretending not to notice, falls into the "only in NYC" category.
Bruce's images are one of the reasons I became a photographer, incidentally, so I am very happy to get to share this photograph with him!
This is a blind shot on a subway in NYC by my Lomo LC-A in August, 2009. NYC subway is a very photogenic environment and I love to take photos every time I have a chance. This digitally scanned film image has it all about the City: South Ferry, Manhattan, the Yankees, and the most important – the people of the City.
I recognised Barbie and a friend of hers in the subway recently and was lucky enough to take a picture just before they entered the train.
My daughter Sasha loves to climb, including the new self-service turnstiles.
After some play I asked her to show me her hands, and snapped this shot (was sometime in the last year).
What does it say about NYC? Flithy and Fun... :)
Ari Mikael Zelenko, Copenhagen, Denmark
Its from London...
It shows a train passing 2 diferent advertisements, one advertisement wants to recruit young English people for the army, the other is an Israelian tourist advert - together they tell a different and more real story about the Israelian army and the reality of being a soldier.
I took this photograph back in 2010 when I was living in Brooklyn. As someone who grew up in Europe, I was fascinated and in the same time frustrated by the sheer loneliness and poverty some of the New Yorkers live in. Among the wealth and glitter of this city, residents like this fragile, old, lonely, perhaps homeless person seem forgotten or displaced.
As a result of the socioeconomic problems of NYC, its subway system, contrary to its actual function, is not just a major transportation system but serves a lot people also as shelter.
This was taken on my most recent trip to New York. I took it on an old film camera, a Nikon F3, the film was TRI-X 400. The pretentious version of 'what it says about New York' is that the almost otherworldly image of a train passing through the 57th Street station speaks to the transitory nature of life beneath New York's steets. The less high falutin' version is that this image captures, for me, a little of the excitement I feel when I visit New York, a sense of being alive to a phenomenal degree.
LEX #6 LATE AT NIGHT ABOUT 1975 DID A LOT OF WORK IN THE SUBWAY NOW TO
James HH Morgan
Like the city above it the New York Subway's story has been told many times over but there are still many more to tell.
One of only two shot on a recent trip to NY this image is a portrait of the subway. Pealing paint like skin, loose stones like bad teeth and possibly in need of a good wash.
The subway and New York have seen a lot of life and it shows in such a beautiful way.
This picture was taken in August of 2010. One of my favorite places in the world is the NYC subway. As a child I was first tempted by the strong smells emanating from the grates in the sidewalk. Later, it felt like a slice of the world encapsulated in a tiny enclosed space. What I like about this picture is that it depicts the speed in which NYC runs. Sometimes things happen so quickly in New York that if you dare to blink, you might just miss it.