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Simon on the Subway, NYC

Accession Number
2004/1.157

Title
Simon on the Subway, NYC

Artist(s)
Nan Goldin

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1998

Medium & Support
cibachrome print on paper

Dimensions
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
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
melancholy
portraits
subways

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