Photographer and master printer Brian Young first arrived in New York City in 1984. He witnessed all of the well known ills of ‘70s and early ‘80s New York, finding town slowly, haltingly recovering from an economic depression. Industry and manufacturing jobs had left town, and the population continued to empty out to the suburbs. The “crack epidemic” used to be at the front pages and at the streets. Abandoned shells of burnt-out cars littered the roads and muggings were simply a fact of day by day life.
Young found his camera increasingly more attracted to the subway system–probably the most great social levelers of life in New York City and, increasingly more, the canvas for an explosive profusion of graffiti. Brian Young: The Train NYC 1984 collects the photographer’s quiet, black-and-white shots of the subway from 1984, bringing a vanished New York evocatively back to life.