Posts Tagged ‘newyork’

BTS: Richard Renaldi Introduces & Poses Complete Strangers on the Streets of NYC

Photographer Richard Renaldi‘s 6-year-long project Touching Strangers has been an incredible success. From viral Internet fame to a full-fledged photo book that exceeded its Kickstarter goal eight times over, there’s something profoundly moving about complete strangers posed together, sometimes quite intimately, on the streets of NYC.

In the video above we get a behind the scenes look at how Renaldi does what he does, and how his subjects, sometimes reticent at first, often wind up feeling at ease and connected to this perfect stranger they didn’t know existed 10 minutes ago. Read more…

NYC Mayoral Candidate in Hot Water After Campaign Ad Used Swiped Flickr Shots

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New York Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota may be running as a law and order guy, but apparently the “law” part doesn’t cover intellectual property.

Turns out nine of the images used in a recent Lhota campaign ad — an ad meant to illustrate what a mess the Big Apple used to be – were taken without permission from Flickr users, several of whom are not too happy about it. Read more…

Behind the Scenes with Brandon Stanton and His Humans of New York Project

When we first covered Brandon Stanton and his Humans of New York project almost a year and a half ago, he had accumulated about 3,000 portraits of people from around New York City. Now that number has grown to over 5,000, and the blog that started it all has birthed a book and the kind of viral fame the Internet it known for.

Fortunately, this isn’t the kind of viral fame that comes with posting a video of a cute cat doing a silly thing, Stanton’s project has inspired many thousands of people by shedding light on the sometimes extraordinary, sometimes touching and sometimes tragic stories of normal people. Read more…

Gorgeous Photo of NYC and the One World Trade Center Taken from an Airplane

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The rules might say to keep your electronics stowed during takeoff and landing, but sometimes, you just can’t help yourself. And even though we certainly don’t condone breaking FAA regulations, the above photograph is a prime example of one of those times when not being able to help yourself pays off.

Taken by photographer James Kastner, the snap beautifully captures the sun glinting off the One World Trade Center just as the glare on the harbor aligned with Liberty Island. It’s no wonder the shot has gone viral. Read more…

BTS: Hanging Off a Building to Capture an NYC Window Cleaner Ten Stories Up

In early August, the New York Times ran an article on New York City window cleaner Brent Weingard alongside some footage that showed the man scrubbing and squeegee-ing away at massive apartment windows in the West Village.

Thanks to the vertigo-inducing footage of Weingard strapped in ten stories up, the piece got a lot of attention, but one of the main questions the Times got after running it was “who was the daredevil behind the camera?” Thankfully, they’ve put together a BTS video in response. Read more…

NYPD Officer Faces Up To 7 Years in Jail for Lying About Photographer’s Arrest

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One year ago, in August of 2012, New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik was arrested for allegedly using his camera flash to interfere with police during an arrest. However, after taking a look at the evidence, it’s the police officer who is in hot water and may face up to 7 years in prison after being indicted on three felony counts and five misdemeanors. Read more…

Photojournalist Buddies Stage a Friendly Instagram Photo Battle

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There’s nothing like a friendly competition among peers to make a road trip that much more enjoyable, and when you can get a few thousand people to join in and judge the outcome, that’s even better. That’s what photojournalists and friends Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott did recently when they found themselves in a midst of an impromptu Instagram battle. Read more…

Blast From the Past: Take a Trip on New York City’s Subway System Circa 1905

In the past, we’ve had occasion to share some great color film footage that showed London and the UK as a whole all the way back in the 1920s. We’ve even shown you some stateside footage shot by a French tourist in the 1930s.

The latest bit of historical footage we’ve come across isn’t in color (unfortunately), but it does show a New York City staple right after it was first built: The New York City Subway System. Read more…

Photos of New York City Inside the Grand Canyon Contrast Emptiness and Density

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At the end of 2012, Swiss photographer Gus Petro took a trip to the United States, and was met with a sharp dichotomy. When he visited New York City, he found density in all its glory. But when he followed that up with a trip to the Grand Canyon, he was struck by the sheer emptiness of it.

This led to a project dubbed Empty, Dense, Merge, and the photos below represent the final third of that triad. Read more…

Photos of Manhattan’s Own Disconnected Payphone Graveyard

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Underneath Manhattan’s West Side Highway, at 135th and 12th Avenue, photographer Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography discovered something pretty cool: at least 100 old disconnected payphones stacked unceremoniously and rusting away. Read more…