Willy Spiller’s HELL ON WHELLS by Sturm & Drang

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What is it all about: Photographs from the Subway between 1977 and 1984.

Where is it happening: New York, USA.

The message: Photographs that tell true stories about crime and danger, set in the scene of the silver metal wagons of the popular New York subway. Nostalgic feeling is a part of it as well, but what the Swiss born photographer caught in his pictures whilst he was living in the big apple is far away from romance and glam. Hell on Wheelsis the title of the impressive coffee table book and the images honour it entirely: rough, dark and scary scenes of the everyday life on the railway.

Picture by Willy Spiller
Picture by Willy Spiller
Picture by Willy Spiller
Picture by Willy Spiller

On board: Aside from the great impression of New York’s darkest spot, the foreword by Tobia Bezzola gives the reader the first (shocking) impression of what’s to come – the following pages. A colourful poem, a documentary of a period where the first rap music and graffiti came up, but also Guardian Angels and a crime-ridden city that made up parts of a New Yorker’s daily life.

First impression: An open-minded version of New York, destroying the glamour with a smart and clear view on the metropolitan reality.

Willy Spiller - Hell on Wheels (photographs from the New York Underground 1977-1984), published by Sturm & Drang for € 45,–.

 

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