New York Subways From The 1930s Look A Lot Better To Ride Than Now

Riding New York subways these days can test someone’s survival instincts. Back in the 1930s, it looked a lot more peaceful. At least if you rely on these pictures by American Walker Evans (1903-1975). From 1938 to 1941, Evans clandestinely snapped photos of everyday subway riders. He painted his camera black and hid it in his coat, while letting the lens peek out between a couple of buttons. It resulted in portraits of unguarded subway riders.

You can find these photos at the MoMA website and in his book, Many Are Called. If you admire his work, share these photos to other photography enthusiasts.