Marisa Trolley Car 4/25


  • From a limited edition of 25 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 24×16 inches/61×41 cm
  • Paper: 26×18 inches/66×46 cm



The setting is comprised of two trolley cars that had been set together as a dwelling after retiring from transit service in 1930s Charleston, South Carolina. After the American Civil War, the town’s streets were lined with iron tracks for the cars, which were initially horse-drawn. The last year that Charleston used electric streetcars for municipal transport was 1938. At the time that I saw them, the cars were in a vast, desolate vacant lot. They had suffered years of vandalism and have since been removed from this location to be restored as a historical display.

Marissa stands in the window of one car. The second car can be seen through the window on the far wall, behind her.

The setting provokes thoughts of what experiences and sights, including photography, must have happened in and around the cars over many generations.

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