"Artist Sean Kernick invites us to take a trip into his childhood with a collection of photographs by Bruce Davidson, John F. Conn, Jamel Shabazz and Martha Cooper, detailing life on a widely-recognizable symbol of New York City in the 1980’s: the subway. Kernick explains the project:
I always had an affinity for the New York City subway during the late 70’s and early 80’s. It represented the blood-filled arteries of a city pumping with organic, authentic, city-brewed culture. It was covered with tags and pieces while filled with people of every size, shape, age and color. It was reckless and untamed and most importantly, it was New York City.
Today, many commuters wall themselves off in a personal bubble of their smartphones, e-Readers, or the odd newspaper. Before the promulgation of the personal CD player or cell phone, every moment on the subway allows for human interaction. Could a photographer prowling the A train capture the same images today?”
New York City Subway, Pre-iPod: Reckless and Untamed (The Atlantic)
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