Subway Hardcover – 1 Dec 2003
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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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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.
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.
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