Platforms is a series exploring the unique New York underground architecture and the
people temporarily passing through it. Subway platforms seen from the point of view of a waiting commuter on the other side, present a voyeuristic experience geometrically dissected by the architecture of the space. Visually reminiscent of photographic filmstrips, the ubiquitous subway columns organize the space into multiple narratives. One needs to scan across in order to reveal dynamics between the passersby and see the complete picture. The platform becomes a stage where actors take their temporary place until the train passes and invites the following act.
The images in this series visualize the nuances of a self-inflicted isolation in an otherwise dense and chaotic mega-city. Interactions, or lack thereof, manifest themselves in body language and spatial locations of the commuters observed. Overwhelming usage of personal technological devices minimize the potential for human connection even further. Combining a voyeuristic practice with a photographic strategy taking advantage of the stations’ architectural characteristics, the series reflects detachment, separation, personal spaces, individualism, loneliness, and momentary connections in the underground niches of an urban metropolis.
Natan Dvir is a photographer who focuses on the human aspects of cultural, social and political issues. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (NY), after which he became an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography. Based in New York he photographs around the world represented by Polaris Images photo agency and Anastasia Photo gallery. Natan’s main projects were exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, South America and Israel including the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Portland Art Museum, International Center of Photography (New York), BKultur Bahnhof Eller (Düsseldorf), and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Natan’s work has been published by leading magazines including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Stern, The Times, Paris Match, Le Monde, and Le Figaro among others. His work has received recognition winning prizes around the world including the Picture of the Year (POYi), PDN Photo Annual, American Photography.