Illustrator Craig Ward heard an urban legend that:
He decided to test this theory by sampling bacteria on New York’s subway lines. And then photographed his discoveries.
The result is beautiful ! or disgusting … it’s up to you !
Produced by Emily V. Driscoll. Filmed by Jeff Nash. Music by Audio Network
Additional Photography © Tasha Sturm, The Mason Lab The Wall Street Journal and Martin Burch, Chris Canipe, Madeline Farbman, Rachel Feierman and Robert Lee Hotz