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camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

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camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

since the nyc transit authority put the subway photo ban back up for vote with the MTA board, new york magazine put out the call for photographs taken of the underground between jan 10 - 12. photobloggers and amateur photographers seemed to descend into the tunnels of the city, (and the result was a last chance photo op.)

above, photos taken on jan 11th in the times square station. among many people who were captured, i got to have a few conversations with some strangers along the way:
1. amanda gephardt, 18, from queens, was waiting for her friend under 42nd street so they could go to a comedy show.
2. i ran into matt law, who was also out taking photos for the assignment. matt ended up getting a picture of me getting a picture of him.
4. harold jones on the S train. harold has been train operator for 14 years and with the MTA for 16 years. he was kind enough to pose for a few photos, and when i asked when his train had to leave, he said, "what? i control this train! don't you worry."
5. aliyah from brooklyn.
6. specals the clown (jason), who was working a tunnel with balloon animals because his $125 gig at a party was cancelled. he said it was rough... he'd only made $10-15 bucks.

more photo ban info in the 9.27 comments here, at bluejake 12.18, at newsgrist, jan 7, and at straphangers.org/photoban.

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Wednesday 19 January 2005

documenting underground in the subways of new york city

19 January 05 @ 10:39
Nice shots. I was looking forward to seeing what you saw that day.
19 January 05 @ 11:59
is not it illegal to shoot photos in the subway?
llello //

19 January 05 @ 13:30
Matt Law's image is excellent - managing to (almost) capture you Rion - hiding behind your trusty Canon!
Where can I get to find out even more about the person who manages to capture the amazing vibrancy of NYC?
tdp //

19 January 05 @ 15:43
Great shots! When might they pass this? I know they have been discussing it for quite a while. I'm sorry I missed to opportunity! It would have been fun to see how many other folks were out and about.

Unless they already have and I didn't read it clearly. :]

19 January 05 @ 18:08
I especially like the top photo
19 January 05 @ 20:31
Amazing photos. I was always afraid of people yelling at me if I squeeze off a shot in the subway, especially with a big SLR camera.
20 January 05 @ 00:26
Wonderful photos, it's great to see so many fresh images, people say that subway photography is all cliche but it's so not.
20 January 05 @ 15:14
the person on the left in #8 makes me think of one of those old men who lives next door and always has the best stories.. and really good jazz.
21 January 05 @ 06:00
Very Nice shots here! Congratulations! :)
22 January 05 @ 12:11
Wonderful photographs! I wish I lived closer so I could have participated in protesting the proposed photography ban. I can't for the life of me understand the rational behind it.
22 January 05 @ 15:04
Was that Union Square or Grand Central? Either way its eerily(misspell?) familiar. What do you guys think about the SAS (second ave sub)? Can you imagine having teh 456 less crowded .. shot number 3 might be as packed as it gets (my wishful thinking). -PS my shabbat at susans commetn is now on the frontpage(archives) and I i'm so embarrased sorry tattoo guy!
02 February 05 @ 16:11
Great photos. I found the NYC subway very interesting and despite being effectively the same thing as the London Underground, it is very different.
13 April 05 @ 22:04
This is a nice set. I love your street photography, it's very fresh and totally uncontrived. Your entire site is very inspiring! Many thanks!
15 May 05 @ 00:02
hi rion, somehow stumbled upon this old set of you. realy like your photographies. my favourites from this set is number one (because of the vibrant colors from the back) and the last one. keep rolling...
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Rion Nakaya is an expat photoblogger in Paris London.

One of the first photobloggers in New York City, Rion has been documenting her photos online in narrative sets since late 2000. (Most are on this site.)

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