Subway Photographs

One of my favorite experiences of the Louis Draper Project thus far has been the discovery of this subway image:

(Notice the newspaper heading, “Noisy Panthers Disrupt Trial.”)

The subway has proven to be a rich subject throughout photographic history, beginning with the “apologetic voyeurism” of Walker Evans with his hidden Contax in 1938, through Bruce Davidson’s infamous 1980’s graffiti covered subway images. It is exciting to see Draper’s work join this conversation. In these two images Draper again uses multiple narrative layers to highlight social politics and how they manifest in public spaces, in this case on the myth-shrouded, underground trains.     –Mark