NYC Subway, 1980
In 1980, photographer Bruce Davidson set out to document the New York City subway system with his camera. The subway system had experienced decades of disinvestment and neglect, and as the city fell into an economic crisis, the subway was left to further deteriorate. Davidson’s photos, focused primarily on the people on the trains or platforms, focusing on the wide array and diversity of straphangers. Today the photographs provide a vivid account of the New York City subway system at the pit of decay.
Davidson described his methodology and artistic intention for his 1980 subway series: