Inspired by Walker Evans work "Many are called" subway series from the late 1930's
Walker Evans’ Many Are Called is a three-year photographic study of people on the New York subway. Using a camera hidden in his jacket and a cable release running down his sleeve, Evans snapped unsuspecting passengers while they traveled through the city. Evans said that these photographs were his “idea of what a portrait ought to be,” he wrote, “anonymous and documentary and a straightforward picture of mankind.”
This work is my continuation of those ideas. Using a hidden camera i have attempted to capture true portraits of human beings in daily life. I have also included images of the environment where these portraits were taken in order to enhance the overall atmosphere of the works. This piece is a year in process and still going. These works are compiled from my daily commute for over a year and counting .
John Atwood January 2018
(click image for slideshow of series)