The New York subway system in the ‘80s was filthy, graffiti saturated and crime ridden, making photographs from this time period uniquely recognizable and visually spectacular. Here we present a collection of rare photos of New York’s subway in 1981 by the then 22-year-old Christopher Morris. "I was new to New York, at the very start of my career, and I became mesmerised by the total urban decay, that was most visual with the subway system." Over a six-month period in 1981, by using Ektachrome film and a magenta filter to offset the florescent lights, Morris embedded himself in this underground world, sometimes riding the trains alone, other times riding with the Guardian Angels volunteer anti-crime group, capturing the variety of humanity there.
(via TIME Lightbox)