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NYC Subway documentary project by phorojournalist James David Saul.

NYC Subway documentary project by phorojournalist James David Saul.

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  • 1. Copyright 2005 James David Saul All photographs in “NYC Sub” are the property of James David Saul. Do not copy or reproduce without permission.
  • 2. information - “nyc sub” was shot with a 2-megapixel point-and-shoot camera. - i spent about 30 hours riding and shooting. - i didn’t talk to most people. i sniped photos incognito to capture the best moments i could. - the main focus is space inside of subway cars and how people orient themselves. - stand clear of the closing doors please.
  • 3. start: sunday afternoon elevated 161st yankee near underground bronx to manhattan express
  • 4. under upper east side bronx-bound 86th or so saturday morning local probably museum-going
  • 5. friday evening brooklyn near the elevated part of the local brighton line
  • 6. under upper west side bronx-bound saturday morning local
  • 7. bronx-bound local near city hall terminal early saturday
  • 8. coney island-bound via sea beach line re: construction saturday afternoon local
  • 9. saturday morning bronx-bound local underneath midtown
  • 10. bouquet man in the same space as orange juice girl 3-5 minutes later
  • 11. sleeper 1: bronx-bound near van cortland park terminal sunday afternoon
  • 12. sleeper 2: manhattan local culver line in brooklyn saturday afternoon
  • 13. saturday morning express rockaway-bound in brooklyn between bedstuy and brownsville
  • 14. early manhattan express above bronx near wakefield
  • 15. west end line in the 70s coney island-bound sunny saturday in brooklyn
  • 16. city hall-bound under midtown (50s-ish) saturday afternoon
  • 17. saturday morning under upper manhattan bronx-bound to pelham bay park
  • 18. obviously under 28-23 getting close to city hall late saturday afternoon
  • 19. rockaway inbetween jfk and the ocean sun shined saturday afternoon
  • 20. local to manhattan in bronx near van cortland park mid-day saturday
  • 21. most likely 77th station on uptown saturday side overcrowded afternoon re: rerouting
  • 22. sunday afternoon sleepers bound for city hall in the south bronx
  • 23. afternoon light via re: track work near coney island
  • 24. under the river and over the bronx manhattan-bound sunday express
  • 25. downtown under midtown around 3 p.m. saturday
  • 26. uptown near noho early saturday
  • 27. over bronx early sunday uptown local
  • 28. rockaway near jay st saturday morning brooklyn express
  • 29. downtown bronx sunday afternoon local in bronx and manhattan
  • 30. downtown under midtown late saturday afternoon crowded re:rerouting
  • 31. early morning to rockaway brooklyn express
  • 32. between bensonhurst and bayridge to manhattan
  • 33. downtown near grand central late saturday afternoon
  • 34. thanks this book is dedicated to all riders of the nyc subway. without you this book would have been 70 pages of rusty signs and blurry graffiti. thank you for giving this project life. thank you to everyone who has supported me during this project: housemates, classmates, professors, friends, family, and all other critics. special thanks to those with consistent feedback and comfortable sleeping arrangements. one last special thanks to insomniac labs. you know how we do. keep riding, friends.
  • 35. about the author James David Saul is a photojournalist living in Philadelphia. NYC Sub is his third book-length effort. Others include The Bridges of Fairmount Park and Odd, Canada. James enjoys taking photographs, making music, and riding his bicycle. It is unlikely this will change anytime soon. If you have any questions for James you can send him an e-mail: or visit his web site