In 2017, Standards Manual partnered with photographer Brian Kelley to produce and publish its fourth title, New York City Transit Authority: Objects. The book features Kelley’s photographs of over 400 artifacts from New York City’s historic Subway system, which he began collecting in 2011.
Designed by Order and published under our imprint, Standards Manual.
Objects was born out of a project that Kelley started in 2011 — The NYCTA Project→ — where he collected and documented metrocards from the MTA’s history.
Kelley posted a photo-a-day through the project’s Instagram account, and eventually the subject matter grew to other ephemera such as hats, jackets, maps, and more.
The book includes an introduction by Eric Greene.