Subway Stories

My daily journeys on the Q train have made me even more aware of the street photography gold mine that is the New York Subway system. To use a cliché all human life is here from panhandlers to break-dancers. The often bizarre cultural contrasts, kissing gay couples next to observant Jews reading the Torah, rambunctious …

Here come the freaks

  Looking at the work of one great New York photographer, Weegee, has made me read a book about another. ‘Diane Arbus’ by Patricia Bosworth is a fascinating look at one of post war photography’s most influential figures. Born to a wealthy Jewish family that owned a furrier in Manhattan, Arbus spent much of her …

The Perfect Moment

This is one of my favorite street photographs. There’d be other contenders but there’s something about this one in particular that truly captures what it means to roam the streets with a camera. What is special about this moment? Nothing really. A young woman is coming out of a building, probably. We can’t be really …

Life Below

  I love it when i come across a new street photographer previously unknown to me. Such a man is Chrisophe Agou, a French photographer based in New York . From 1997 to 2000 he took a series of images from the New York Subway collected in a book called ‘Life Below’. The last time …