Photos of NYC Subway Commuters in the '60s Go On View for The First Time

by Elizabeth Thompson
Man / Danny Lyon

Photographer Danny Lyon spent the '60s in the South, photographing the Civil Rights Movement, traveling with motorcycle gangs, and creating some of the images that would make him one of the key artists of 20th century documentary photography. Upon returning to New York City in 1966, Lyon began photographing subway commuters around town, capturing the curious intimacy and anonymity of public transportation. Lyon told Fast Company, "When I speak with someone on the subway, I find New Yorkers easily slip into a conversation. Then they step out of the door and are gone." The photos, many of which were taken on New Year's Eve night, are being shown for the first time in the MTA Arts & Design  exhibition, Underground: 1966 at the at the Atlantic Aveune-Barclays station. They'll be on display for a year.

Two Women / Danny Lyon

No Standing / Danny Lyon

2 Boys / Danny Lyons

Dekalb / Danny Lyons

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