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In 1986, Aperture first published Bruce Davidson's Subway-a ground-breaking series that has garnered critical acclaim both as a document of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City as well as for its phenomenal use of extremes of color and shadow set against flash-lit skin. In Davidson's own words, "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, inspired an aesthetic that goes unnoticed by passengers who are trapped underground, hiding behind masks, and closed off from each other."

In this third edition of a classic of photographic literature, a sequence of 118 images (including twenty-five never-before-published) move 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.

Davidson's accompanying text tells the story behind the images, clarifying his method and dramatizing his experience. He details his obsession with the subway, its rhythms and its particular madness. His naked prose, together with his compelling images, evoke the speeding sensation of a subway car, tunneling out of the darkness into new light and unmistakable beauty.

Signed by Bruce Davidson on the title page.

  • Format: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 144
  • Size: 11.9 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Publisher: Aperture; 2nd Printing of 2011 edition
  • ISBN: 9781597111942

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Available in a limited quantity in the Magnum Shop, this book has been signed by Bruce Davidson. This book features Davidson's 118 images of the subway, documenting the cultural fabric of New York City.


In 1986, Aperture first published Bruce Davidson's Subway-a ground-breaking series that has garnered critical acclaim both as a document of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City as well as for its phenomenal use of extremes of color and shadow set against flash-lit skin. In Davidson's own words, "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, inspired an aesthetic that goes unnoticed by passengers who are trapped underground, hiding behind masks, and closed off from each other."

In this third edition of a classic of photographic literature, a sequence of 118 images (including twenty-five never-before-published) move 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.

Davidson's accompanying text tells the story behind the images, clarifying his method and dramatizing his experience. He details his obsession with the subway, its rhythms and its particular madness. His naked prose, together with his compelling images, evoke the speeding sensation of a subway car, tunneling out of the darkness into new light and unmistakable beauty.

Signed by Bruce Davidson on the title page.

  • Format: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 144
  • Size: 11.9 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Publisher: Aperture; 2nd Printing of 2011 edition
  • ISBN: 9781597111942

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.