New York City Meets London in Beautifully Composed Double Exposure Photographs


Late in 2012, photojournalist Daniella Zalcman moved from New York City to her new home in London. Zalcman adores both cities for, among other things, their photogenic nature. And so she decided to mix the two together into a creative series of double exposures dubbed New York + London, using her smartphone.

Don’t let the fact that these were taken on an iPhone turn you off, however. Zalcman is a successful photojournalist whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, and Vanity Fair. She’s had photos exhibited throughout New York City and some of them are in the Huston Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection.

The choice to use an iPhone to create these was deliberate. “The iPhone was my camera of choice because I’ve grown to love the informal nature of smartphone photography,” explains Zalcman. “The bulky digital camera I use for newspaper and magazine assignments demands a level of deliberation that can be restrictive, but my phone frees me from those constraints.”


And so all of the photos you see here and in the full series on her website are created using her iPhone, not just to take the initial snaps, but to edit them together into the final composites as well.

Each photo is the result of hours spent using the negative space, color and contrast of the photos to select the best pairs and painstakingly put them together, rejecting many versions in the process, until she has the exact shot.

What results are “imaginary landscapes” that represent home for Zalcman, who now says she “belongs” to both cities:

New York + London explores place, memory, and identity through architecture and nostalgia. Brooklyn Bridge Park meets Leicester Square. Whitehall meets the South Bronx. The High Line meets Knightsbridge. After a while, the cacophony of concrete and street life begins to blend into something more universal. My hope is that in the noise and silence, everyone will find something that feels like home.

Here is a selection of some of our favorite shots from New York + London:
















Since it debuted, the series has been very successful for Zalcman, who earlier this year was able to fully fund a limited run Photo Book of the series on Kickstarter in just 3 days, and went on to collect three times the funding she needed.

To see the rest of the photos in the series, or if you’d like to explore more of Zalcman’s professional work, head over to her website, Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the corresponding links. And if you really love these photographs, you can pick up some of her favorites in silver based matte C-Type prints ranging in size from 8×10 for $50 to 20×24 (limited run of 100) for $500.

(via ExposureGuide)

Image credits: Photographs by Daniella Zalcman and used with permission

  • Caca Milis

    A tale of two cities would have been a good title.

  • SydStoat

    These are incredible. I wonder what app(s) she used!

  • harumph

    I’d be curious to see what a 20×24 print of an iphone photo looks like.

  • Monte Santo

    @SydStoat: It says double exposure and I guess they were not composed in post.

  • vilo

    I ve just got a headache.

  • poddy

    Not really double exposure then, rather than images blended together with editing!!

  • stew

    wanna know wanna know too

  • Thomas Casey

    Surely you can do that with any two pictures. I don’t get it.

  • Rob Elliott

    ya… these are blended composites not double exposures.

    Still cool but calling them double exposures suggest that these are created through photography rather then artistic tools available through the iphone. The reality is just that, she used her iPhone to create digital collages/composites using images she took with her iPhone, but these weren’t capture into the same frame. Instead she took a bunch of pictures in one city and a bunch in another and then looked at them and said ok I’m going to put image 2 of NYC with image 15 of London.. no that’s no good ok lets try image 83 of NYC with image 15 of London.. oh that is much better.

    I’d have been fine calling them double exposures if she took the image in New York made a contact sheet and then took a second image to go with that image only, but by her own admission she collaged them together.

    It’s just a nitpick, and doesn’t detract from the work.

  • Burnin Biomass

    I’d like to see how some of them would look without the filters. I like the Juxtaposition of a couple of them, but many of them just dont hold my interest.

    I wonder if each image is usually displayed with information on the specifics on each image location, that might help create more interest for me. She mentions something like titles on her website… “Brooklyn Bridge Park meets Leicester Square. Whitehall meets the South Bronx.”, but I dont know if these are actual titles. Usually I’m not big on needing a title to help the image, but here it could help highlight the

    significance of the image.

  • RedShoes

    This is not double exposure.

  • MS

    uh… not feeling it.

  • guest2

    pretty, but whatever…they look like something Hallmark might pick up for a line of greeting cards