SAM COMEN PHOTOGRAPHY
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Union Station

Los Angeles’ iconic transit hub turned 75-years-old in 2014, and as part of the celebration the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) selected this portrait series of passengers and workers made inside the Station to be part of a public art installation there.

In these portraits I used an admiring gaze and crisp, hyper-real lighting to celebrate the subjects as everyday icons LA’s rich diversity, and crystalize otherwise overlooked passing moments for a the viewer’s momentary consideration.

From spring 2014-2015, this series was installed in a set of six 5-foot-tall transparencies in luminous lightboxes in a massive corridor that handles 40,000 passengers each day. The photos were shown beside the work of four other artists including Jim McHugh and Catherine Opie.