Saturday, January 31, 2015

Unseen Colour Photos of NYC Subway Commuters in 1966 by Danny Lyon

These photos in “Underground: 1966” have never been publicly exhibited, were all taken by photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon in the New York City subway back in 1966, when he took his mother's advice: “If you’re bored, just talk to someone on the subway.” He used a Rolleiflex camera and color transparency film to photograph the subway in Brooklyn.

Lyon created the originals with a Rolleiflex camera using Kodak safety film slides. He did not use a tripod during long exposures, so moving objects like people show up as ghostly blurs in several images. “Many of these pictures were made on a single night—New Year's Eve of 1966,” Lyon told Co.Design. “That’s why one of the men is all dressed up, holding a party horn.”

Lyon’s photographs offer a window into the urban underground of yesteryear, revealing how subway design has changed in the past 50 years.

(All photos by Danny Lyon, courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

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