Photographer Arne Svenson
a bit of controversy
with his recent show "The Neighbors
," about which he says, "I turned to the residents of a glass-walled apartment building across the street from my NYC studio. The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within." [more inside]
posted by taz
on May 17, 2013 -
Longtime New Yorker Bob Egan's PopSpots
tracks down the original New York City locations where famous images were shot, then superimposes the original picture over the present-day location. Did you know the iconic The Kids are Alright
album-cover shot of The Who, asleep and wrapped by the Union Jack, was staged just east of Columbia University? Ever wonder where, exactly, the shot of the Central Park "pretzle" guy from Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic
was taken? Or curious whether it would be possible to figure out the exact spot in Greenwich Village where the solarized cover photo of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush
was snapped? The exact fire escape where Paul Simon was photographed for Still Crazy After All These Years
? Egan reveals all, then shows you how he figured it out. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels
on Feb 19, 2012 -
"They stuck me at P.S.A. 7 in the South Bronx," he said, referring to Police Service Area No. 7 in the department’s housing bureau. "They cover all the housing projects in that area." It was dangerous work, performing vertical patrols — marching up and down staircases — watching for drug deals, responding to violent fights and domestic brawls, and worse.
Two years passed, and Officer Bolfo brought something else to work, along with his radio and his gun. A camera
posted by swift
on Feb 3, 2012 -
- A bike in New York is locked to a pole and photographed everyday as it slowly disappears. [via]
posted by quin
on Jan 21, 2012 -
— Nine years ago, young photographer Dane Shitagi
walked up New York City’s Broadway towards the highly patronized and well known STEPS dance studios
in search of a ballet dancer who could help him begin his project: to capture images of ballerinas in urban environments. Those images first started appearing on Blogspot, but have since migrated to Facebook
posted by netbros
on Dec 10, 2010 -
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Jan 3, 2010 -
I work as a film location scout in New York City.
My day is basically spent combing the streets for interesting and unique locations for feature films. In my travels, I often stumble across some pretty incredible sights, most of which are ignored every day by thousands of New Yorkers in too much of a rush to pay attention.
As it happens, it's my job to pay attention, and I've started this blog to keep a record of what I see.
posted by grumblebee
on Dec 26, 2008 -
Ever have a job working for a record label on a street crew
. And yer puttin up publicity posters on lightpoles for an artist like Rocko
and some asshole won't stop takin yer picture
Whadda you do then? Break his friggin camera
posted by Xurando
on Mar 24, 2008 -
Camera as time machine in NYC
In 1939 famed photographer Berenice Abbott published a classic book of New York City images called Changing New York.
Some 75 years later photographer Douglas Levere decided to rephotograph the sites, waiting for the weather, season and angle of the sun to match, so that all that differed was the city's evolution. The book
presenting the pictures side-by-side was noted here
previously. But after it was mentioned
on AskMe recently I noticed cool new stuff: 120+ pictures from the book free for the surfing here,
and what is apparently its biggest public display to date, at the Museum of the City of New York.
posted by sacre_bleu
on Aug 12, 2005 -
Canto do Brasil [Flash, sound, MiguelCardosoFilter]
is a street-level view of Brazil made by photographer Geoffrey Hiller, more precisely a view of Salvador Bahia, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.
Another amazing project of his is Burma, Grace Under Pressure [Flash, sound]
, exposing Burma's beauty and sadness.
Also check Eastern Europe: Visions & Icons [Flash]
,where Hiller's post-Berlin Wall photographs are accompanied by Lev Liberman's moving text, New York City: After The Fall [Flash, sound]
, an elegy to New Yorkers affected by 9/11, and his journal from Vietnam
posted by Masi
on Sep 1, 2004 -
- Martha Cooper began her love affair
with photography when her dad gave her a Kodak Baby Brownie sometime around 1946. A professional photographer, for the last 25 years she's also been an avid collector of photographica. Her focus is on images of women
with cameras. Browse through more than a century
of historic photos, quirky memorabilia, advertising, toys, comics, movie stills and figurines - it's a fascinating site!
In her own photos, Ms. Cooper favors art, anthropology, and urban folk culture. Her colorful work can be viewed at NYCity Snaps.
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 29, 2002 -
Things Fall Apart.
Particularly in urban environments. Individually, the moments of entropy-in-action caught here may not mean much; collectively, they recite a visual poem about decay. A slightly melancholy site for you insomniacs out there. (By the way, you have to scroll right
to get to the thumbnails.)
posted by BT
on Apr 3, 2002 -