Danish photographer Peter Funch waited on the same street corner to take photographs of the same commuters between 8:30 am and 9:30 am for 9 years. He made a project 42nd and Vanderbilt that he brings same commuters’ photos together from different days.
“The corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue…what’s that? It’s a patch of nowhere that hides, like similar patches of nowhere, in all cities everywhere,” writes acclaimed novelist and artist Douglas Copeland of the work. “It’s the space of Edward Hopper and the real estate equivalent of a Styrofoam packing peanut. It’s blank, and it’s in this blankness that we circle back to Warhol and repetition and the aesthetic experience we enjoy when we look from one Marilyn to the next to see which screened face has what kind of silkscreen printing error.”
For 42nd and Vanderbilt, photographer Peter Funch spent 9 years documenting the morning commute on a street corner in New York.