This is a wonderful way to take photographs if you are a shy person. During the 1960's Enrico Natali used a Yashica camera by his side to shoot unnoticed on the Subways of New York and the results are remarkable and are now part of an exhibtion. Read after the jump for more information.
New Yorkers going about their business on the subway in 1960 was a different experience than today. It was a year of relative prosperity – JFK was on the eve of taking office, blacks and whites were mingling freely in the city and the so-called ‘social revolution’ had yet to happen. These images were taken by photographer Enrico Natali and are part of the series titled Subway, New York City, 1960.
Aside from their composition, what makes them unique is that in most instances the subjects did not know they were being photographed. Mr Natali was a desperately shy man, and often took the shots secretively. Using a small Yashica camera placed at his side and would look down into the rangefinder to choose the moment to snap the shutter. That meant for Natali, there was no awkward pointing the camera towards someone’s face, and in doing so the results that were achieved were a lot more natural. These were everyday people going about their everyday jobs. The results from the New York photos convinced him to devote his life to photography.
The pictures are part of an exhibition entitled Publicly Private which explores the documentary style of Mr Natali and that of contemporary artist Doug Rickard, who uses Google Street View in his work.
The exhibition will be at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from January 14 to April 22.
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