Striking Vintage Photos Taken Inside the New York Subway


These photographs of New York from the not-so-distant past offer us a rare glimpse of how daily life was inside its iconic subway system.

Photo by Martha Cooper via My Modern Met

The photo above, taken between the ‘70s and ‘80s, surfaced on social news and entertainment site Reddit through one of its users, Chewbacker. Cooper, as described by _My Modern Met_, was known for “capturing the work of graffiti artists in the dawn of street art.” From the looks of the photograph above, as well as the ones below, it seemed like the subway trains were viewed as a huge canvas for artists – both amateurs and professionals!

Aside from Cooper, photographers like Bruce Davidson, Richard Sandler, and John Conn likewise documented the same scene, too.

Photos by Bruce Davidson
Photos by John Conn
Photos by Richard Sandler

All information in this article were sourced from My Modern Met.

written by chooolss on 2013-12-02 in #lifestyle #subway #new-york-photography #vintage


  1. gaz
    gaz ·


  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    After click the link and saw all of the photo I hope after Bruce Davidson shoot the photo where the black guy direct the gun to the other black guy's head, then the gun man didn't shoot him after he was snap that psycho 70s subway scene

  3. akula
    akula ·

    Awesome indeed.

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