New York in the 80s is a moment in time I always wish I could have seen. Is it possible to miss something you were never even there for in the first place? Here, graffiti was born, Hip Hop was itching on DJs fingers and bursting to explode from street smart mouths and the future for decades of both popular and underground culture was shaped. Someone who was in the envious position of being able to see it from the front lines was Florida born photographer Christopher Morris, at the time interning at New York based photography agency Black Star. Balancing out the harsh fluorescent lights of the subway with a magenta filter, he captured the scenes of the city’s arteries, it’s at the time dangerous, gritty and crime ridden subway. Squalor to some, a beautiful birthplace to others, it’s ink stained walls and scratched windows form the backdrop for a vibrant range of the city’s inhabitants as he submerged himself underground to take these shots, which lay unpublished and dormant until he read an old interview he carried out with legendary writer Tracy 168.
Hardy expressions of risiliance, joy, sadness and simply jaded apathy gaze out from a world that his photographs transport you to, a world that we here at Broken Culture owe a lot to. Honest, atmosphere slicing shots that show the extreme diversity and bustled nature that made the melting pot city such a hub of culture. Have a browse below and see the rest of Christopher Morris’ portfolio here.