Ten years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray
released the book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."
In it, they documented the facades of the rapidly disappearing mom-and-pop businesses of New York City. Now they've revisited some of the same spots.
"I’ve been thinking about the art of looking. The importance of focusing and what we see. This past March I bought a pair of Giorgio Armani frames in Geneva, classic per usual, and I decided to put them in front of the frame. To see what I see. To show you a day in New York through my lens…" [more inside]
"I've been described as being a pioneer. Am I a pioneer? ... Maybe I am, maybe I'm not. I don't mind one way or the other."
Saul Leiter was born
in 1923 in Pittsburgh; at 23 he left theology school and headed to New York to become an artist. He worked in both painting
and photography, finding early support for his black-and-white photos in an 1953 MoMA show. He settled into an East Village apartment and did fashion photography to support himself. But on his own time
, on the sidewalks
of NYC, he developed a lyrical
personal style of color street photography that's now seen as both masterly
and very ahead of its time
. In his twilight years he saw a new appreciation
for his work, with books
and a new documentary film
, which had its New York debut on Nov. 16. Saul Leiter passed away last night
in New York City at age 89. (Previously
is a very cool Infinite Zoom Illusion Video of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue created by Paul Trillo. [via] [more inside]
NYC Grid is hosting a neat photo-series which lets you slide back and forth between images of New York today and a similar shot from the early 20th century
in 1912 as a farm colony of Brooklyn State Hospital, the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens [New York] became, by mid-century, a world unto itself. At its peak, it housed some 7,000 patients. They tended gardens and raised livestock on the hospital’s grounds. The hospital contained gymnasiums, a swimming pool, a theater, a television studio, and giant kitchens and laundries where patients were put to work. Today, Creedmoor, still run by the New York State Office of Mental Health, has only a few hundred patients" and houses The Living Museum
, an 'art asylum within an asylum
' where patients can create and exhibit
their art. But what is life like inside the institution itself? In 2010, Katherine B. Olsen spent weeks interviewing staff and patients. Her essay, published this week, 'Something More Wrong'
takes us inside Creedmoor's women's ward. [more inside]
Through the use of Photoshop, Swiss photographer Gus Petro shows us what it would look like if Manhattan was dropped into the middle of the Grand Canyon.
The New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery
offers over 870,000 historical images related to the 'city that never sleeps,' including maps
as well as video
recordings. A selection of 53 images from the collection can be seen at In Focus
. [more inside]
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]
was a photographer who made some incredible images of 20th century America. But almost no one knew about her until 2007. And now a new documentary
is being made about this enigmatic character whose incredible eye documented street life
in New York
ago, I wrote a post about Rockland County Psychiatric Center, an abandoned insane asylum complex that is easily one of the most haunting places I’ve ever scouted. To my amazement, more than 250 comments have since been left by former patients, doctors and nurses, and residents ... I wanted to share a selection
of these with you, to allow those who knew Rockland Psych firsthand to tell its story." (Scouting NY, previously)
"I replied to ads people had posted to the casual encounters section of craigslist. I asked if I could photograph them in visual representations of their ads. Some said yes.
" [NSFW: naked people.]
The upcoming New York Times Magazine cover story
is about the excavation of the Second Avenue Subway
line below the East Side of Manhattan. It features some stunning photography
and a video
that explains how the work is done. [more inside]
The Manhattan Project
is an HD timelapse short showing off different aspects of life in New York City. [via]
Underground New York Public Library
, a photo tumblr of NYC Subway riders and the books they read.
"What we're going to do is have a map of the city of New York, where you can click on any neighborhood and scroll through the faces of the people that live there."
Photographer Brandon Stanton has now compiled more than 3700 street portraits
and 50 stories
for his project Humans of New York
. Photos are also posted with captions to a public Facebook group
.) The Map
currently shows 1500+ portraits, arranged by the location in which they were taken. Previously on MeFi [more inside]
A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to live and even limb. Life magazine article on skateboarding in New York City
, from the May 14, 1965 issue. Pictures from that article are now online in larger form
on another site). See also: The New York Skate Movie
trailer on YouTube. [more inside]
- A bike in New York is locked to a pole and photographed everyday as it slowly disappears. [via]
The Corners Project.
For three years, photographer Friko Starc
took candid, spontaneous portraits of people who passed by one of five Manhattan street corners. Video [more inside]
Street View New York 1982
. Black and white photographs of New York City streets [ a work in progress] | Street View 1982 Storefronts NYC
. Created by Dan Weeks
Wijnanda Deroo: Inside New York Eateries
"Continuing her long-term exploration of the architectural interior as a genre of photographic investigation, artist Wijnanda Deroo has scoured New York's five boroughs documenting the full spectrum of the city's culinary institutions. From Café des Artistes to Papaya Dog, the Russian Tea Room to Yonah Schimmel's Knishes, Deroo's viewfinder alights on diverse sites (and sights) where we New Yorkers sit (or stand) to consume our daily bread." More interiors at the artist's website -- Indonesia
"The Museum of the City of New York is pleased to announce the soft launch of its online collections portal
[where you can] view more than 50,000 newly digitized photographs by Berenice Abbott, Samuel H. Gottscho, Jacob A. Riis, the Byron Company, the Wurts Brothers, and many others."
— 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
"I was thinking about the recession and what that meant for talented people who may have lost their jobs. Are you still a dancer if you are not paid to perform? Or are you still a chef when you don't have a kitchen to cook in? It is about people who walk the streets with this incredible skill who could just advertise their ability any time they wanted. Dance is always a part of them and they are always dancers"
Some dancers in everyday situations
. Part of Dancers Among Us
(Via) Photographer Jordan Matter previously.
is a photojournalist who has worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and now works for The New York Times
. His work on a more sports-focused beat in Dallas
lead to his update on athletes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
as part of the 2008 Olympics coverage
. As a photographer with The New York Times, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
for feature photography
, for his first time out on the road, covering campaigns
(narrated slideshow, 3min 19sec). Currently, he is sharing his photos
and writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
, which are included in NY Times Lens Blog
(prev. Lens Blog features: 1
). If that's a bit heavy, check his photographers journal
(narrated slide show, 2min 34sec) and his article
on creating double-exposure juxtapositions
from days or weeks of shooting large-form film. [more inside]
Photographer Helen Levitt
, known mostly for her New York street scenes
, has died at 95
. [more inside]
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.
The America We Never Seem to Talk About.
Brenda Ann Kenneally captures the female working poor and culture of incarceration in Troy, N.Y., where the presidential race has little resonance.
Influenced by the Modernist documentarian André Kertész, with references to the hard-edged, black-and-white works of Weegee and Diane Arbus, this self-taught photographer captured raw and intimate images, and transformed urban scenes into theatrical dramas.
More photos at jillfreedman.com
Punk Guitar Heroes - Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd Television
, and its guitar pas de deux
between Tom Verlaine
and Richard Lloyd
, fit into the punk scene
only because they are the ones basically responsible for CBGB
becoming a punk rock
convinced Hilly Kristal
to let them practice there and play shows, and the rest is history
. [more inside]
"New York City 1968-1972"
Some very compelling black and white street photography by Paul McDonough. via
"First we kill the architects..."
Photographer Danny Lyon [1, 2, 3, 4]
offers ten suggestions for New York City. Suggestion #6: "Leave the World Trade Center excavation exactly as it is and use the space as a freshwater pond planted with pink, white, and yellow lilies..." His essay is only one of many from names you'll recognize
in a book called Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York
. An associated exhibition opened yesterday [museum, NYT review]
. Is New York City moving in the right direction?
Is your city?
[via] [more inside]
Jessica Dimmock: I was approached by a cocaine dealer who made it clear that he was a dealer. Over the course of the conversation he made it clear that if I wanted to follow him and photograph him I could. He took me to a variety of places - parties, people's apartments, the owner of an escort service. The last place he ever took me was the apartment where the project starts.
Jessica Dimmock is the 2006 recipient of the Inge Morath Award
to encourage young female photojournalists. Her series, The Ninth Floor is epic in its savage and true depiction of the reality of drugs in New York City. NSFW.
New Year's Eve From Around the World.
panoramas from the first few minutes of 2006 in New York
and elsewhere. [Note
: Some of the panoramas also have sound]
Gotham Comes of Age:
New York through the lens of The Byron Company, 1892-1942.