Street Car, Chicago
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© Edmund Teske Archives/Laurence Bump and Nils Vidstrand, 2001

Edmund Teske
American, Chicago, Illinois, 1938 - 1940
Gelatin silver print
8 5/8 x 7 3/4 in.

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While riding streetcars and subways, passengers often spend their time reading the newspaper, planning the day ahead of them, or reflecting on the day that has just passed. Maintaining his anonymity, as well as that of his subjects, Edmund Teske observed and photographed passengers engaged in these ordinary commuter activities. His choice of subject matter was not unique: at about the same time, Walker Evans was photographing passengers on the New York City subway. Teske and Evans both appreciated the snapshot aesthetic and the informal poses of passengers absorbed in their activities.