Glimpses of New York City Subway Riders, Circa 1966

DannyLyonUnderground1966There’s no better place to exhibit a group of vintage photos of NYC subway riders than a New York City subway stop.

Per Fast Company staff writer Carey Dunne, the number of photos on display at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop is relatively small (eight). But oh, what photos they are:

In 1966, photographer Danny Lyon returned to his hometown of New York City after spending years documenting the Civil Rights Movement in the South and motorcycle gangs in Chicago. Once back in the city, Lyon took his mother’s advice: “If you’re bored, just talk to someone on the subway.” Using a Rolleiflex camera and Kodak color transparency film, he started taking photographs of New York’s commuters and its dingy, fluorescent-lit train stations.

Titled Underground: 1966, the MTA Arts-sponsored series will be on display for 12 months. It will have special resonance over the holidays for those in the know, as most of these photos were taken on New Year’s Eve 48 years ago. Lyon, now 72, still rides the subway and tells Dunne he very rarely today snaps a similar Smartphone pic.

View more of the photos here.

[Exhibit photo courtesy: mta.info]