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Subway Hardcover – 1 Dec 2003

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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: St. Ann's Press (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097136818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971368187
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 31 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,389,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Subway is Davidson's visceral take on the New York underground system of the 1980s complete with beleagured passengers, Guardian Angels, graffiti and a palpable, all-pervasive sense of fear. A glimpse of a New York that is already long gone.--Sean O'Hagan "The Guardian "

The brilliant flash, combined with fluorescent lighting, intense colors and Davidson's probing vision, produced images that are dramatic and at times surreal.--Holly Stuart Hughes "Photo District News " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Superb re-issue of one of the great photo-essays / photobooks... beautifully presented.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d28a1d4) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d00e900) out of 5 stars Very Moving and Beautifully Reproduced Photograghs 22 May 2004
By David Enzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In 1980, Bruce Davidson began to photograph the New York subway system. He first started photographing in Black and White and then decided that the project required color. Davidson generally asked permission before photographing someone -- ironically the one notable exception was a man Davidson did not know was blind. It is one of my favorite images (p. 54). He offered to send them a print of the picture. Yet most of the photographs do not appear posed. The breadth of life on the New York subway system is impressive. You will see beautiful women, daring and frightening young men, some violence, people dealing with crowded situations, lonely people, business people, elderly people, musicians, graffiti, people in love, street people, an arrest -- in short the full panoply of life in NYC. It's just wonderful. The images are a bit on the dark side which fits the subject. Davidson used a flash -- as this was necessary. Many of the images have too much flash but I did not find this to be more than a modest distraction.
The quality of reproduction is excellent. I learned about the variety of humanity below the ground in New York. The enterprise was not without risk. Someone stole one of Davidson's cameras. The book does not make the NY subway seem to be a safe place but certainly one where it's possible to genuinely connect with the humanity we all share.
Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Decaff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, presented slightly differently then the last edition and with the inclusion of additional photos. The book itself is 5 star. But there seems to be a problem with whatever group of books Amazon is accessing. The first copy looked pristine and untouched but about 15 of the pages in the center of the book were damaged. They were dented in the middle of the pages and several of the images had white scratches where the paper had folded. The damage looked as if it had taken place during the fabrication of the book. I figured it was just bad luck, so I sent the book back for an exchange. But when I received the new copy, it contained almost identical damage in the same section of the book. So my best guess is that a whole bunch of these books were slightly damaged during fabrication. Maybe not a big deal for some people, but I think it's kind of a bummer to have a photo book with dents and scratches on the photos, at least right out of the box.
I'll order another one and see if I have more luck this time.
Fantastic book -- especially if you were around in New York back in those days.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d00cd98) out of 5 stars Stunning 11 Jan. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up in the Northeast in the 1970's and 1980's. These images remind me of my youth, riding the subways in Philadelphia. While inner cities these days have their fair share of crime, poverty, etc, these images are haunting and a stark reminder of what inner cities really looked like back then. It was a different world, a different time. While some of the images can be disturbing, they still convey a sense that life was simpler. I can easily get lost in this book for hours on a single image. I highly recommend this book for anyone into photography or the history of modern inner cities, hip-hop, and/or trains. To echo Fab 5 Freddy "Thank you Bruce Davidson." The most wonderful moments of my life are losing time staring at an open book, this book doesn't disappoint.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d07a540) out of 5 stars extremely well done, a glance of humanity 14 Jun. 2006
By Daniel A. Hollander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As an amatuer photographer, this is one of my favorite books of all time. It beautifully captures Subway riders in their natural habitat, making outsiders look strikeingly out of place. This book will not disappoint.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d05a6b4) out of 5 stars Pieces from Another Time 4 Nov. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
American photographer Bruce Davidson was born in 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois to a single mother, who worked in a factory. At age 10, his mother built him a dark room in their basement and Davidson began taking photographs; as he was given the freedom to wander the streets of Oak Park alone. Soon after, he approached a local photographer who taught him the technical nuances of photography, in addition to lighting and printing skills. In his mid-teens, Davidson began to ride Chicago's elevated train system into the city, exploring neighborhoods and the Chicago Loop, observing wide varieties of people, and most importantly developing skills and interests that would be seen in his later photographic works. His works have always been on the leading edge of seeking out the sources of social unrest in the ghettos and in all the civil rights movements, and his ability to non-objectify the people he photographs has made him one of the most realistic of contemporary photographers.

In 1986 the original book SUBWAY was published by Aperture, a collection of images Davidson captured in the subways of New York, focusing on the 'outsiders of society more than the white collar commuters. That award winning book has since become unavailable and this current release is a re-print edition published by Aperture in September of 2011. It is well to examine these startling images again - and this edition adds 25 images not previously published. The gritty, seamy images found in this collection allow us to examine from a safe distance the seamier side of the subway riders. This documentation of another time - with characters who were active in the culture of New York's underground - reminds us that times have not changed all that much: perhaps the costumes and paraphernalia have altered but the discontent of the faces has not.

There is an informative introduction to the times and the topic by Fred Braithwaite and the book ends with an Afterword by the now deceased famous art critic Henry Geldzahler. Best to buy this edition new before it too goes out of print. It is a keepsake and an art piece. Grady Harp, November 11
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