Disturbing photos of the New York Subway in the 1970s

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An urban metro system is a great place to observe the population of the city. Deep underground, away from the tourists and the day-trippers, you see people as they really are. 
 
In 1977, Irish photographer Alen MacWeeney began to snap travellers on the New York Subway, capturing these often-weary commuters with their guard down. When he printed his pictures out he realised that combining the photos made them even more powerful. That’s what you can see here. 
 
Since then, the NYC Subway has become a less intimidating place, and despite what some would say, that’s a good thing. But Alan Macweeney’s photos show that along the way it’s also lost its… New York-ness that made the city so utterly captivating. 
 
Tip: Retronaut







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