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Artists' View of NYC Subway Experience Rolls Into TriBeCa Gallery

By Irene Plagianos | September 11, 2014 11:40am
 Soho Photo Gallery's Images from the Underground: NYC Subways will run in October.
'Images from the Underground: NYC Subways'
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TRIBECA —  A TriBeCa exhibit is taking the subway ride above ground.

The works of eight artists — more than 85 images capturing a slice of the subway experience, through photos, some snapped with iPhones, and multimedia pieces — will soon be on display at Soho Photo Gallery.

The 15 White St. gallery’s “Images from the Underground: NYC Subways” show delves into the “darkness of the tunnels...the rhythm of the peoples and the trains,” according to the gallery.

Some of the artists, like Richard Gardner, Norman Borden and Bob Leonard, focus on the straphangers themselves, taking photos of unsuspecting passengers, crowded together as they ride the trains.

“I still relish the satisfaction of sneaking shots that capture the humor, irony, drama and unguarded moments happening right in front of me, recognizing that I’m part of a captive audience stuck in a steel tube with no easy escape,” Borden said in an artist's statement.

Other artists, like Susan Bowen, said they were inspired by the motion of the subway — of both the train and the people. Bowen's photos are more abstract, captured with a plastic camera that uses film, not digital images.

Leonard spent a year snapping pictures of passengers on the 1, 2 and 3 trains with his iPhone for his “Riders” series.

“In this post-9/11 world, our image is being captured constantly — by security cameras and tourists wandering through Times Square. And, by guys like me,” he said in a statement.

Soho Photo Gallery, at 15 White St., is open Wednesday through Sunday 1 to 6 p.m., and by appointment.  "Images from the Underground: NYC Subways" will be on display Oct. 8 to Nov. 1.