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Press Release
April 5, 2004
MTA Unveils Photo Exhibit Celebrating Subway Centennial

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today unveiled a special centennial photo exhibit titled, {{The New York Subway: A Centennial Celebration}}. The photographic exhibit of images selected from the archives of the prestigious photographic agency Magnum Photos is located in the window-shaped lightboxes at the Lower Level Dining Concourse of Grand Central Terminal and is part of the MTA Arts for Transit Lightbox Project.

The New York Subway photo exhibit offers a peek into the lives of New Yorkers throughout the decades, from quiet moments reading on a crowded train to grandstanding youths on an elevated platform. The 16 images included in the exhibit were captured by renowned photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, Bruce Gilden, Thomas Hoepker, Constantine Manos, Inge Morath, Lise Sarfati, and Ferdinando Scianna.

The Photography Lightbox Project provides quality photography exhibits to a broad audience of mass transit users and is one of the many visual and performing arts programs administered by MTA Arts for Transit to increase the attractiveness of transit facilities for customers. Other Lightbox locations can be found at the 42nd Street subway station at Sixth Avenue and the Atlantic Avenue subway complex in Brooklyn. The Lightbox project is made possible through the generous support of Modernage.

MTA New York City Transit operates the largest subway system in North America, moving over 4.5 million customers each day.