Stanley Kubrick, “Life and Love on the New York City Subway (Couple Sleeping on a Subway)” (1946)/Courtesy collections of the Museum of the City of New York.
“Stanley took thousands of images for Look Magazine between 1945 and 1950,” Phil Grosz, from SK Film Archives, told me. “He sold the first image at age sixteen.” The Museum of the City of New York writes, “Many of the shots are candid portraits of people seemingly unaware of any camera, perhaps indicating the use of some sort of spy or buttonhole camera.”
I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world that exposes you to so many cultures and different walks of life in one sitting than a New York Subway train.
Photos by Chris Arnade (via New York’s Red Light District in Photos - Julie Turkewitz - The Atlantic)
We’ve seen it in countless movies, but the reality is grittier and more miserable than any overblown disaster flick. Sludge everywhere, small hills of dead rats, stairs that descend into tunnels full of filthy water… New York City flooded after Sandy is a dreadful place. This huge collection of images is heartbreaking.