One of the many hidden gems in the New York Public Library‘s archives are the subway photographs taken by Alen MacWeeney. Born in Dublin, he started his career in Paris as an assistant to Richard Avedon. By the mid-1970s, he had come to NYC where he captured the grittiness of the era with a small, handheld camera.
“MacWeeney took hundreds of photographs of straphangers, stations, and subway cars during the 1970s,” said Julie Golia, NYPL’s Curator of History, Social Science, and Government Information. “Back in his studio, he printed the photos, paired different photographs, and then edited them together in a fascinating visual dialogue.”
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