The legendary American photographer Walker Evans spent three years secretly capturing images of passengers in the New York Subway. He produced the Many Are Called series (1938-1941) by hiding his camera in his coat, and making the shutter release button accessible up his sleeve. Best known for his work through the Great Depression, Evans was interested throughout his career by documenting people in their everyday lives.
Jeff Rosenheim, chief curator of photography at The Metropolitan Museum, has written 10 books on Evans. He describes Evans' process of taking his secret subway photos, where the subjects are unaware that they are being photographed, often seeming to be lost in their own thoughts. When multiple passengers are brought together in a single Evans frame, they are forever bound together in the urban portrait.
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