In the early 1950s Esther Bubley turned to 35-millimeter color slide film to study the Third Avenue elevated train, Manhattan's last El, which was torn down in 1955. In this colorful photograph, Bubley captures people waiting on the platform for the train to arrive, a telling moment in everyday life. This print is a perfect example of Esther Bubley's ability to capture telliing moments of our everyday lives. This C-print is printed on Kodak Supra. It is estate stamped, numbered, and sold in an archival paper folder.
Esther Bubley (born in Phillips, Wisconsin, 1921; died in New York City, 1998) was one of America's leading photojournalists. Bubley's mentor was Roy Stryker, for whom she worked at the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C., and at Standard Oil in New York City. Under Stryker, Bubley learned to document the spectacle of modern industry and the lives of ordinary people in a fast-changing world. From the early 1940s to the late 60s, she also freelanced for national magazines, producing forty photo-essays for Life, a dozen more for the Ladies' Home Journal's famous series, "How America Lives," and numerous projects for non-profit organizations and major corporations alike. At a time when career options for women were limited, Bubley rose to the top of an overwhelmingly male-dominated field.