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Bruce Davidson on Photographing the Subway

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bruce Davidson, legendary photographer, discusses the 25th Anniversary of his collection, Subway, which has just been re-released and reviews our listener-submitted subway shots. 

© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
Listener Contribution from Paul Szynol

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! Cheers, Paul Szynol www.paulszynol.com

Listener Contribution from Jacqueline Silberbush

Taken on a morning commute, just before heading underground. Shot in an instant from the passenger seat of the train. It reminds me of just opening my eyes, the entire picture in halves.

Listener Contribution from Vesna Gajic

Last May I've visited NY and had 3 inspiring weeks full of photography excitement. After a lovely evening out with a friend, we started taking pictures at the Astoria Subway station, with the view on Queensborough bridge. This is one of the outcomes. For me it shows the movement in the city, but also the little sequences of silence. I call it "rush & hush" :)

Listener Contribution from Ernest Herman

Face-to-face. (© E. Herman/IdiosyncraticPhotography.com)

Listener Contribution from Olga Kasatkina

This photo was taken one year ago. There was only one moment when I could see this scene - the amazing light, the woman turned to the window and the recognizable view of Coney Island. That time I was working on the series "Take a Train". This picture couldn't be include in it (it looked different and I knew it at once), but my camera was ready for shot and I got one of my favorite photos.

© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation
© Bruce Davidson/Aperture Foundation

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