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Photo Essay: It Happened on the NYC Subway

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A princess rides the F train

Usually, New York City’s labyrinthine subway system is just transportation. But sometimes magic happens, and I was lucky enough to have my camera when these odd scenes occurred. In doing so, I was inspired by Walker Evans, who worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. From 1938 to 1941 he made a series of surreptitious subway photos by concealing a Leica 35mm camera in his overcoat, outfitted with a lens that shot at right angles. I used a small point-and-shoot, too, often undetected by the subjects of these photos, which were made between 2009 and 2012..

An apparition encountered late one evening

Times Square subway-tunnel evangelists

Fashion and Science Fiction meet underground at Union Square

Woman with a black-fur halo

Liberty visits Times Square

She’s like a character from a 1940s novel, but which one?

Ensemble featuring a banjo, saw, and spoons at (where else?) the Bedford stop on the L.

The littlest busker

Singing for the Lord at Times Square

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