End to End (NYC Subway), 2017 - 2018
black and white gelatin silver prints
41.5” x 18” each (diptych)
Hamaguchi uses a long exposure with pinhole cameras constructed out of cardboard boxes to take photographs while she rides a subway train roundtrip, resulting in two photographs. The exposure time was determined by the length of the train line -end to end - so that longer lines appear as brighter photographs and shorter ones appear darker. A passenger who rides a train longer becomes more visible whereas a passenger who rides for a shorter time becomes less visible. She completed this process for all 23 subway lines in New York City with the trips ranging from 1 minute to approximately 1.5 hours depending on the train.This process captures the accumulation of time and distance for each train, and, as a whole, the project captures the totality of people’s movement in the big city.