BKC Student Spotlight: Yoon Choi


Some of the most interesting people to photograph are located right here on our city’s subway system. Over 4.3 million people ride the subway everyday, so it’s easy to imagine what you can find. However, capturing the right moment can often be a difficult task. For one, it’s a tight space with commuters jammed in like sardines during rush hours and for two, you never know if someone will notice and how they might react. This is what makes photographing people on the subway thrilling and challenging at the same time, but BKC student and photographer, Yoon Choi makes it look like a breeze.

On inspiration and how she gets the shot:

“NYC has an unlimited resource of incredible personalities. Every time I ride the bus or train, I am fascinated by all the riders. When someone catches my attention I have a strong need to make their photo whether it's candidly or specially requested. I usually make the photo on my phone and sometimes with my Ricoh GR.  Because almost everyone is on their phones while riding, it's easy to make a photo discreetly although I have been caught once or twice but not too often. Sometimes I only have time to make one photo and other times I can make 10 and I'll pick my favorite. I truly love the people of New York!”

Below, some of Yoon’s MTA greatest hits which you can also find on her Instagram @yoon.sun.choi.