For many the subway is a means of getting to and from work on a daily basis and can be a quiet time for people during their commute. Individuals are able to let their guard down for a brief moment, during the constant New York City chaos.
In 1938, American photographer Walker Evans went underground to document passengers on the New York City Subway. Interested in capturing the daily routines of random individuals, Evans focused on his work on catching subjects unaware. His reasoning behind this ideology was because “people’s faces are in naked repose down in the subway.”
In effort to create these candid images, Evans used a hidden camera to take photographs “undercover.” Painting his camera black and hidden under his coat, Evans captured his images by allowing just the camera lens to peek out between two buttons.
Despite being in a public setting, Walker Evans still managed to portray extremely strong images, displaying a wide range of vast human emotions through his work.
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