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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

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 18, 2013

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