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December 18, 2004

The Subway Pictures

1subway_picturesEach of these images is a visual report from underground, the testimony of an optical Virgil bringing us news of the travelers below, momentarily stopped figures in the nonstop shuttling that goes on beneath the concrete skin of the city.

In the wake of September 11, Photographer Peter Peter found the heart of New York City in the subterranean world through which he rode nearly every day for the next three years. "It was like being carried along on a river of whispering signs and symbols," he writes. "Travelers suspended in contemplation by the steady rhythm of stop-and-go seemed like speechless souls from a different dimension. The scene reshuffled at each stop and every now and then the elements would slip into a visual story."

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