In 1960, Brooklyn photographer Enrico Natali took candid pictures of the people he saw on the subway on a daily basis. This series was his earliest work in photography.
“Since I lived in the depths of Brooklyn and rode the subway to where I worked in Manhattan, it seemed reasonable to make the subway my first project. I became so involved in the work that for a time I all but lived in the subway. One night, looking over the photographs, I had the realization that they were larger than I was, that photography was my vocation, and America my subject.”
At first glance, the images seem to show New York City in a very stark, haunting light but upon closer examination, the timeless humanity of the passengers shines through. Though these photos are from a time over 50 years ago, the habits and mannerisms captured persist up to this day.
photos by Enrico Natali
via My Modern Met