In 1981, Christopher Morris was an intern at a photo agency. During the six months commuting to and from his internship, he’d often turn his camera toward the scenes of the subway system. What he captured is a time capsule of a city at the height of urban transformation. Wall Street crashed into poverty while creativity mixed with crime.

According to TIME Magazine, Morris would embed himself in the underworld of the subway:

sometimes riding the trains alone, other times riding with the Guardian Angels volunteer anti-crime group. He’d hang out with groups of teens riding trains at night, and show up in the early morning to catch work-bound commuters.

Below are 18 photos from his NYC portfolio.

 

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