Bruce Davidson

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Bruce Davidson’s Subway series chronicles the world of the New York City subway system and its inhabitants, moving the viewer through a landscape at times menacing, at other times lyrical, soulful, and satiric. The images include the full panoply of New Yorkers—from weary straphangers and languorous ladies in summer dresses to stalking predators and the homeless.

Shot in 1980, this groundbreaking series immediately garnered critical acclaim, both as a document of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City and for its phenomenal use of extremes of color and shadow, set against flash-lit skin. In Davidson’s own words, the series examines “the people in the subway, their flesh juxtaposed against the graffiti, the penetrating effect of the strobe light itself, and even the hollow darkness of the tunnels.” The work “inspired an aesthetic that goes unnoticed by passengers who are trapped underground, hiding behind masks, and closed off from each other.”

All works in the exhibition are dye-transfer prints on loan from the collection of Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg, Los Angeles. A special thanks to Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York; Rose Gallery, Los Angeles; and Michael and Jane Wilson.


The exhibition includes forty-seven 20 x 24-inch dye-transfer prints. The running wall space is approximately 142 feet.

Photographs and essay by Bruce Davidson
Hardcover with jacket
11 2/5″ x 11 3/5″
144 pages
118 four-color images

Participation Fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.

The exhibition is available through 2015.

Current Venue List:

  • C/O Berlin
    Oranienburger Straße 35/36
    Berlin, Germany
    Friday, March 16 – Sunday, May, 20, 2012
  • Fotomuseet Sundsvall
    Magasinsgatan 12
    Sundsvall, Sweden
    Sunday, July 1 – Sunday, September 30, 2012