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A treasure trove of New York photos – black and whites, industrial,  postcards, clock towers, The World Trade Centers.  You name it’s here.  I love the 70’s style abandonment issues.  It’s like a junkyard.

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Pure underground noir.

Danny Lyon is a self-taught American photographer and filmmaker. He was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York and is the son of Russian-Jewish mother Rebecca Henkin and German-Jewish father Ernst Fredrick Lyon. Self-taught, and driven by his twin passions for social change and the medium of photography, the power of Lyon’s work has often derived from his willingness of immerse himself entirely in the cultures and communities he documents.

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(Via: this isn’t happinessby the way of mangum photos)

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Another treasure trove of NYC photos:

NYC, c. 1985,” a group exhibition including artworks by Armand Agresti, Amy Arbus, Janette Beckman, Larry Clark, Janet Delaney, Andrew Garn, Nan Goldin, Arlene Gottfried, Keizo Kitajima, Catherine McGann, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Mark Morrisroe, Christine Osinski, Gunar Roze, Les Simpson, Gail Thacker, and Brian Young. 

Through a wide range of photographic images by both established and less-familiar artists, the exhibition represents a major metropolis in transition. Compared to the 1970s, a restrained optimism prevailed to a certain extent in New York City over the next decade with the Wall Street boom and a general decline in unemployment. However, such appalling blights as homelessness, violent crime, and racial tensions—not to mention the explosion of the AIDS epidemic—all served to shred the very social fabric of the city.

See the show at Clamp Art.

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Saul Bellow in New York in 1975 (P: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times).

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Taking My TimeJoel Meyerowitz (born March 6, 1938) is a street photographer, and portrait and landscape photographer. He began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate of the use of color during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of color photography as serious art.

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Elliott Erwitt (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France) is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”.

New York City, 1948. ‘I don’t know what it is that gives some pictures their magic, although the test is whether it really hits you and gives you a strong emotion’

Reds. Oranges. Yellows.
Pizza slices, barber shops, taxis, training home. Stunning. A touch Mad Men. A touch Revolutionary Road.

Saul Leiter started shooting color and black-and-white street photography in New York in the 1940s. He had no formal training in photography, but the genius of his early work was quickly acknowledged by Edward Steichen, who included Leiter in two important MoMA shows in the 1950s. MoMA’s 1957 conference “Experimental Photography in Color” featured 20 color photographs by Leiter.

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Via: Apartment Therapy

the post-war 1940’s as captured through the lens of Life Magazine.

Glorious, gritty New York via the lens of Steven Siegel. Subway, Brooklyn Bridge, West Side Highway.  If you just owned a piece of real estate back then…lottery style winnings.

Coney Island shots are stellar.




André Kertész (2 July 1894 – 28 September 1985), born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay.

Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed a large collection of Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater.  Full collection here.

Photos below were taken during World War II.

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