The photographer's classic book Subway is an extraordinarily visceral record of the city in the 1980s – and provides a revealing contrast to Walker Evans's earlier underground images.


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This article titled “Bruce Davidson’s subway photography takes us to New York’s heart” was written by Sean O’Hagan, for on Thursday 6th October 2011 15.14 UTC

“As I went down the subway stairs, through the turnstile, and on to the darkened station platform, a sense of fear gripped me. I grew alert, and looked around to see who might be standing by, waiting to attack. The subway was dangerous at any time of the day or night … Passengers on the platform looked at me, with my expensive camera around my neck, in a way that made me feel like a tourist – or a deranged person.”

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