Photos show dirty side of 1980s NYC

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Photos show dirty side of 1980s NYC

WASHINGTON - A photographer capturing the “unsafe, dirty” New York City subway for a year circa 1980 shadowed a lone woman standing on a platform. “I took the picture and then I approached her, and she said, ‘I was aware of you, and I was getting ready to kick you,’?” said photographer Bruce Davidson.The result was the silhouette of a young girl in a revealing dress, one of some 30 re-edited stills on show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, which opened Saturday until Aug. 5, as part of the exhibition “I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street.” Davidson, 78, who worked with the famous Magnum photography agency for 50 years, is displaying his works alongside other images of New York and Chicago, taken by legendary photographers like Walker Evans.

Davidson saw his model some 30 years later when the photo was published in a book. “She’s an investment banker [now]. Very successful. She could afford to buy the book,” he said. AFP
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