Rare photos document the scary conditions of NYC subways in 1981

Rare photos document the scary conditions of NYC subways in 1981

In the 1980s New York City was a hub for criminal activity. With trains and platforms covered in graffiti and under abnormally dim lighting conditions, the subways looked dangerous and grim. But these harsh conditions didn’t bother photographer Christopher Morris who documented this unique era.

In 1981, despite being only 22 years old, Morris decided to venture underground to photograph the NYC experiences. Morris is now an award-winning photojournalist and a contract photographer for TIME Magazine. According to the agency, the photographs “provide a window on a long-gone New York, a metropolis that once pulsed with a very different energy—a frenetic, dangerous tone—than one feels in most of the city’s neighbourhoods today.”

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