This photoset captures the New York Subway in 1981, when photographer Christopher Morris was just twenty-two years old. His haunting photographs reveal an underworld of rusted trains with more graffiti than passengers. The people of course ride without phones in their hands. They look about the train cars, through the clouded windows, into the camera. What do they see? Newspapers littered on the floor, advertisements hanging beside Keith Haring’s art, each other. Through Morris’ lens, the city of thirty years ago seems dark, hazy even, but also fully, insistently expressive.

 

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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