MFA Photo/Video alumni Natan Dvir, who moved to New York from Israel in 2008, is featured the New York Times for his photo essay on queues around the city. As the featured article states, Dvir "was waiting amid a crowd at a bus stop, and when the bus pulled up, everyone magically took positions in line, as if they had choreographed it in advance."
Dvir goes on to add: “That sounds normal, right?” he said. “Not in Israel. In Israel, everybody would rush to the bus door. It’s survival of the fittest. I found it so shocking that I almost missed the bus. How did everybody know where to stand? In most of the world, that doesn’t happen.”
For his work, Dvir "found lines at bus stations, restaurants, bathrooms and outside boutiques offering limited-edition sneakers, where posting photos of the line on Instagram was half the fun. Lines were subcultures unto themselves. The lines in Midtown Manhattan were different from those in Flushing, Queens; the lines for Cronuts were different from those outside the Human Resources Administration.
“People stand in line because it’s cool, or because they’re part of a community,” Dvir said. “Being in the line is a huge part of the experience, if not the main part of the experience.”
Natan Dvir is a photographer who focuses on the human aspects of cultural, social and political issues. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (NY), after which he became an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Based in New York he photographs around the world represented by Polaris Images photo agency and Anastasia Photo gallery.