Tuesday, January 27, 2009

King of the MTA

These are the photos of Douglas Grotjahn, who was/is apparently the official photographer for the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York. All his pics are either of buses, subways, or subway entrances....hmmmm. Weird I know. But in doing so, he captured Times Square and its environs in beautiful 1970s color....   see more here
Thief! with James Caan...
Playland!

18 comments:

Jackie said...

Those are great pictures. The era is so well captured.

Thanks for your comment. My husband is angling for us to go to Islay this year - can't say I fancy a 2 week distillery touring holiday!

Alex in NYC said...

Ahahaha -- "The Legend of Boggy Creek". Awesome(ly bad) film. Imagine if "The Blair Witch Project" was about Bigfoot. And was a musical.

tehrandaily said...

Interesting,Thanks, i use a Sigma 17-70 F/2.8-4.5 for my cano eos 30d body :)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great pictures, Ken Mac! Love bus photos!

Thanks for the visiting and comment! It's summer time here and we have so much rain this week. I don't like rainy time.

John said...

Great set of images, one of my fav subjects.

Thanks for visiting.

marley said...

They really capture the era!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

gotta luv ya, Ken, another good post. thanks again. :-)

joan said...

Fun slice of time!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You show us a different side and era to New York every time and I enjoy it. My first visit there was in 1985 and I never had the time to do much sight-seeing. Thanks for these.

Cimba7200 said...

I was interested to see these photos of New York Ken. I imagined NY is all canyons of skyscrapers. These photos make it look not so closed in. - Dave

JM said...

This is a great set from the 70s! Yellow cabs look really cool too!

EV Grieve said...

Wow...what a find.

-K- said...

These photos are so disorienting.
If they're so old (and I know they are), what does that make me?

There must be some mistake.

Daryl said...

Ah .. the memories ... got off the M104 this morning at 46th St and walked through the snow snapping pix til my fingers got too cold to feel the shutter button ...

tr3nta said...

The taxis and pullman are great...

Jill said...

Thanks so much for posting these. They just transport me right back (ha ha, transport, get it) to the 70's. And Playland, home not only of creepy men hanging around, but a wall of fake id's to choose from.

heycarey said...

Just wondering where you found out about Douglas Grotjahn being an MTA photographer? I have some photos of his and am trying to track him down to see if we can use a photo of his in an exhibit.
Any info you have on him would be great! Thanks so much! Carey

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