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Bildhalle Zurich : Willy Spiller : Hell On Wheels


Bildhalle Zurich announces the new publication of the book Hell On Wheels – New York Subway 1977-1984 (Edition Bildhalle) and the exhibition of the same name. The photo book as well as the exhibition show not only the iconic images from the legendary series, but also photographs that have never been published before. Bill Shapiro, former editor-in-chief of LIFE magazine, wrote the introduction.

“In May of 1977, a 30-year-old Swiss photographer named Willy Spiller, newly arrived in New York City and recovering from the one-two punch of jetlag and a night in the notorious Chelsea Hotel, descended the steps of the city’s subway for the first time.

Beginning that week and continuing for eight years, Willy Spiller brought his camera on the subway, and he shot. He shot cops and robbers. He shot the fashionable and the indigent, commuters and kids. He shot the unpredictable dance of strangers interacting in tin-can train cars. He shot the beginnings of stories whose ends he left to our imaginations.” – Bill Shapiro, former Editor-in-Chief of LIFE magazine


Willy Spiller : Hell On Wheels
until May 20th, 2023
Zurich Bildhalle AG
Stauffacherquai 56
CH-8004 Zurich
+41 44 552 09 18
[email protected]

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