Before Stanley Kubrick rose to fame as the acclaimed director of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining, he worked as a photographer for Look magazine.
One of his published stories during that time was Life and Love on the New York City Subway, a series of photos showing everyday passengers on their daily commutes. Shot in 1946 over the course of two weeks, and often late at night, the images show candid, romantic, and humorous moments. It wasn't easy though. Kubrick couldn't shoot until the train was stopped at a platform because of the motion and vibration of the car. Often, just as he was about to press the shutter of his camera, another passenger would suddenly pass in front of the lens, or his subject would get up and leave.
Despite these challenges, Kubrick captured a great series that reveals the fashion, style, and daily lives of New Yorkers in this postwar period.