Photographer Cabbie Captures the Magic of New York City from His Taxi

David Brandford became a cab driver in 1990, and immediately picked up a camera when he realized he now had a front-row seat to life in New York City. Since then, he’s not been able to stop taking pictures and capturing the city he loves.

Most recently, New gave Bradford his own New York Moment, offering us a small glimpse into the life of the successful photographer cabbie.

In truth, Bradford has been many things over the course of his life. In chronological order, he’s gone from dancer and trombone player, to artist, to art director, to freelance illustrator, to cabbie, and finally photographer.

After being an art director at Saks Fifth Avenue for 10 years, he took the job as a cabbie in hopes of finding more freedom to pursue independent projects. Instead, he became inspired to pick up a camera, and in 1993 he began creating what he calls “his personal portrait of the city.”


Over the past 20 years, he’s created two books — Drive-by Shootings and Back Seat Book — which captured life both outside and inside his taxi. The first of those sold out of its initial 50,000-book print run in only 3 months.

If you’d like to learn more about Bradford and his passion for New York City, or you’re interested in seeing more of his work, be sure to watch his New York Moment above and head over to his website by clicking here.

(via Imaging Insider)

  • Nate Parker

    wicked awesome!

  • Nowherephoto

    Awesome! The best shots posted here in a long time. Post more!

  • Adam Cross

    really awesome, makes me miss new york

  • Chris Renton

    Great images – I need to shoot more black and white!

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  • Joe Martz

    This man is the reason I got into photography. However, his name is David Bradford, not Davis Brandford.

  • bmassao

    I think it was a mistype.

  • lololalallll

    Look at those beautiful tones.

  • Kodachrome64

    I have Drive By Shootings, it’s like 2 inches thick and full of some great work. These are the types of photographers I identify with. When I mention anything about being a photographer, people instantly think I want to photograph their kids or their friend’s cousin’s wedding. Nope. I want to shoot strangers in New York in black and white. That’s it.