Harold Feinstein, Two Sailors on Subway, Coney Island, N.Y., 1947

Harold Feinstein (American, b. 1931), Two Sailors on Subway, Coney Island, N.Y., 1947

Harold Feinstein (American, b. 1931), Two Sailors on Subway, Coney Island, N.Y., 1947. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 13 16/17 in. Gift of Dr. Kistaps J. Keggi 1991.574

The double vision of the position of this shot places us practically in the laps of the two sailors sitting in their whites side by side. The doubled sailor hats in the foreground obscure our view of how they see us. At the same time, the shot through the bars of the subway car doubles the scene in framing the view of two passengers who look back at us. The smiling, relaxed, and intimate posture of the two sailors suggests an attachment and an inside joke exchanged. While the photograph seems to let us in on a secret, it also makes the intimacy of our viewing position an integral part of this multiplied scene of looking.