The exhibition was developed by the New York Transit Museum and curators John Gruber and Michael Zega of the Center, with support from the North American Railway Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Focusing on the New York metropolitan region, “Many Hands” features Hal B. Fullerton, whose 19th century images along the Long Island Rail Road depict a long-forgotten landscape of American-type locomotives and stone arch viaducts; work portraits by social documentarian Lewis W. Hine, taken throughout the massive Penn Station improvements during the 1920s and 30s; Gordon Parks’s views of railroad workers from the 1940s; and recent work by Frank English, who has chronicled Metro-North Railroad for the last 22 years, as well as others whose work has rarely been seen. Contemporary photographers represented include Pat Cashin, Gene Collora, John Fasulo, Joe Greenstein, George Hiotis, William D. Middleton, and Jim Shaughnessy. It was at the New York Transit Museum Grand Central Annex through October 29, 2006, and at the Long Island Railroad Museum in Greenport in 2007.
“Many Hands: Representations of Railroad Workers” was at Grand Central Terminal in 2006. Photo by Joshua McHugh