Jan 31, 2020
Jan 31, 2020

Untitled (53075)

Subway

Untitled (53075)

1980

Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Chromogenic print

Paper: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.1015

Location

Did you know?

Davidson carried a whistle and knife while photographing in the New York subway, which in the 1970s was plagued by robberies and attacks.

Description

Although he was inspired by Walker Evan’s covert shots of subway riders from the mid-1930s, Davidson wanted his subjects to be aware of his camera. He asked and received permission from transit authorities and the riders in his photographs. Like Evans, Davidson captures the claustrophobic environment of the subway car, a space that Davidson viewed as the dark and dangerous underworld of the city.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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