That's What the 80s Looked Like on the Subway

A while back I wrote this post about how photographer Richard Sandler's pictures of New York in the 80's felt really off to me—I had just moved back to NYC then and didn't recognize the place shown in his work, at all. Now this guy, Christopher Morris. This guy has captured EXACTLY what my NYC looked like back then. The scene ain't pretty but these pictures feel much more authentic.

Via MyModernMet.

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Doesn't Look Like My New York

Interesting how artists can present a vision of something entirely at odds with your own experience of that thing—it looks familiar but very off at the same time. 

Photographer Richard Sandler's B&W, noirish pictures of 1980's New York City had that effect on me. I moved back to the city in 1984 after graduating from art school, and it was a raw, chaotic, often scary but always thrilling place back then. I recognize Sandler's city, vaguely, but these pictures look more like images I've seen from the 1960s. For me, it just didn't look like this, EVER. I guess we all live in our own little cities.