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Digital Discussion: Streetscapes and Subways: Photographs by Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis

Wednesday, May 27 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free Online Discussion
Black and white photo of four tunnel workers. Two are at the far edge of the image, facing the camera. Two are standing in the middle background, with their backs towards the camera.

As New York’s subway system was being planned at the turn of the 20th century, transit officials did what any large construction company would do today: hired an official photographer to take survey photographs and provide precise documentation of an area prior to—and during—construction.

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro for a digital discussion of Streetscapes & Subways: Photographs by Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis , an exhibition that provides a rare view of the last days of “old New York” through the lenses of two of the earliest photographers of subway construction. The photographs transcend their original purpose, showing New York changing daily as a result of the subway and revealing architectural and cultural details of a city that would otherwise be long forgotten.

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Photo by Pierre P. Pullis, Workers in the Greenpoint Tube, 1929. New York Transit Museum, Eugene Casey Tunneling Collection.

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