Music in the Metro
Several years ago Canadian artist Jackie Cytrynbaum began photographing the metro system in Montreal. The project
then expanded to the undergrounds of Prague, Washington, D.C., London, New York, Toronto, and others. Cytrynbaum’s images amplify the inherent rhythm and movement of the trains and crowds. Carefully attuned to each city’s subterranean environment, she reconstructs the spaces and blends perspectives to give an emotional impact much like music — a symphony of color, lines, and shapes that emerge from the speed and propulsion of the trains, the metal, concrete, and colored glass structures where strangers gather for communal transport. The photographs echo what it means to be in a metropolitan subway — revealing anxieties, anticipation, resignation, and contemplation.