The Anxious Hands of New York’s Subway Riders in the Face of the Coronavirus

Since moving to New York City, in 2015, the photographer Hannah La Follette Ryan has documented the hands of the city’s commuters: fists gripping bags and phones and cash, lacquered nails, bitten cuticles, fingers curled around straps or interlaced or splayed out protectively against another body. The photos, which she posts to the Instagram account @subwayhands, are not staged: La Follette Ryan shoots the series primarily with her iPhone, while on her regular travels through the city, and most of her subjects are never aware that their hands are having their portraits taken. ….[READ]