Janus van den Eijnden’s portraits of New York City subway conductors press pause on the moment. There’s a tension at play: you finally get to look--for as long as you like--at the faces that help get an annual 1.7 billion commuters where they need to go. Yet each photograph is a near clone of the last: same silver metal siding, same rectangular conductor’s window that reveals the subject from just the waist up, same starched blue uniform. Each individual in the series even holds a similar posture: one hand resting on the windowpane, gazing off into space.
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