Stanley Kubrick's 'Life And Love On The New York City Subway' (PHOTOS)

05/01/2012 03:18 pm ET | Updated May 07, 2012

Following in the footsteps of Walker Evans, a young Stanley Kubrick, during his tenure as a staff photographer for Look magazine in the 1940s, captured New York City subway passengers on their daily commute in a series called "Life And Love On The New York City Subway."

In an age before iPhone cameras filmed every subway brawl and busker, Kubrick shot his subjects from the hip, in unassuming black and white portraits.

In the 40s it seems, the trains were still crowded, straphangers still managed to catch some shuteye, and men weren't exactly more chivalrous than they are today.

The folks at The Museum of The City Of New York-- who maintain over 10,000 of Kubrick's negatives--were kind enough to let us share some of the subway snapshots below. Check out MCNY's extensive online collection of vintage NYC photos here, and don't miss their upcoming Activists In New York exhibit opening May 4th--featuring historic pieces from the city's tumultuous past as a center for political activism. It could, after all, prove to be a very timely exhibit.

Stanley Kubrick's "Life and Love on the New York City Subway"

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