This photographer captured shots of New Yorkers on their way to work for 10 years -- and it shows how repetitive a commute can be

Peter FunchAn New York commuter photographed on June 7 and July 11, 2012.
  • The photographer Peter Funch photographed the same Manhattan corner during the morning rush hour for 10 years.
  • Intrigued by the idea of repetition, he captured photos of the same people on their way to work.
  • His book, “42nd and Vanderbilt,” is a collection of his work from the series.

About 700,000 people pass through Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal on their way to work every day.

In 2007, the photographer Peter Funch began staking out a corner of the station, at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, to document those commuters. Funch would snap photos from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and he would often photograph the same subject twice – sometimes days apart, other times years.

Fascinated by these small moments of human behaviour, Funch created a series that explores the seemingly mundane. His unknowing subjects are captured smoking, listening and singing along to music, watching people, and making eye contact with other commuters.

“All these moments are telling small stories about us,” he told Business Insider.

His book, “42nd and Vanderbilt,” places his subjects side by side. The two photos, taken at different moments, show the similarities in the day-to-day and explore the idea of repetition and ritual. Funch said the photos captured “that trance we are in when going from A to B.”


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