Simon on the Subway, NYC

Accession Number

Simon on the Subway, NYC

Nan Goldin

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
cibachrome print on paper

13 in x 19 1/4 in (33.02 cm x 48.89 cm);20 1/8 in x 24 1/8 in (51.12 cm x 61.28 cm);16 in x 19 3/4 in (40.64 cm x 50.17 cm);12 15/16 in x 19 5/16 in (32.86 cm x 49.05 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund

Subject matter
This photograph is a profile-view of a young man named Simon. Seated on a subway train, he leans his head against the wall. His head tilts slightly in the direction of the camera, but he does not meet the camera's gaze and instead looks pensively into the distance. A round black mass, slighly out of focus, occupies the image's lower left foreground--most likely the curved back of a man occupying the subway seat between Simon and the photographer. With the narrow depth of field, other commuters are visible, albeit blurred, in the background.

Physical Description
Portrait of a young man sitting on a subway train with his head leaning against the wall as he gazes pensively into the distance.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.


20 Related Resources

(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
Art of interest to Judaic Studies
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
Narrative Photography
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Oppositional Photography, Outsider Photography
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Sociability and Social Spaces
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Underdogs, Everyday Heroes, Antiheroes
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Past Study Case display - W18 Makman - ENGLISH 290 - American Adolescence
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
Oh, honey... A Queer Reading of the Collection
(Part of: Exhibition Teaching Resources)

& Author Notes

All Rights Reserved