Posts Tagged ‘newyorkcity’

Eerie and Fascinating Photos of a Completely Empty New York City Taken in 1964

Empty New York, c. 1964 Vintage gelatin silver print 5 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches (paper)

Empty New York, c. 1964, Vintage gelatin silver print, 5 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches (paper)

In 1964, photographer Duane Michals fortuitously found himself leafing through a photo book that contained the work of French photographer Eugene Atget. Atget’s intimate 19th century photographs of Paris inspired Michals to attempt to capture a similarly intimate portrait of New York City.

Thus was born ‘Empty New York,’ a series of photographs showing the streets of the Big Apple completely devoid of live, exhibited for the very first time as a set at the DC Moore Gallery in New York in April and May of this year. Read more…

Rooftop Photo from the 1920s May be the First Group Selfie in History

We’ve shared what we believe to be the first ever selfie in history, but we’ve never had occasion to share the photograph you see being taken in the image above. Taken in the 1920s on a rooftop in New York City, what you see being captured might very well be the first ever group selfie… although we’re pretty sure they didn’t call it that. Read more…

Photo Project Captures People’s Reactions to Someone Falling Asleep on Them on the Subway

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The New York City subway can be a cold place, metaphorically speaking. Headphones, cell phones, that one Seamless ad they’ve no doubt already read 600 times, whatever their approach, people go to great lengths to avoid communicating with the other people in the car.

So what happens when one of those people breaks, not only the unwritten rule against talking, but touching! How do people react on the subway when a complete stranger falls asleep on their shoulder? Read more…

Eerie Large Format Photographs of Central Park Taken in the Middle of the Night

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New York-based photographer Michael Massaia‘s images are easily identified for two reasons: first, because they’re all very distinct, black-and-white, large format photographs; and second, because most of them are taken in the middle of the night… a result of Massaia’s struggle with insomnia. Read more…

Prolific Graffiti Artist Brags Over Instagram, Earns 23 Counts of Felony Vandalism

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said a thousand times: don’t post illegal activity to Instagram. Because while the photo sharing service does sometimes seem to be the domain of teenaged girls with a duck face problem and hipsters who would like to share their latte with you, the police also spend time on there.

That’s a lesson notorious NYC graffiti artist Peter Podsiadlo, better known as SEMP, learned the hard way this week when his Instagram photos earned him 23 felony counts of vandalism. Read more…

Bob Boyd’s Beautiful Photographs of NYC Will Draw You in and Keep You Scrolling

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Sometimes, you want to take a break from all the gimmicky photography out there — the expertly manipulated surreal self-portraits, interesting twists on old concepts and fun forced perspective photo sets — and browse through some modern-day photography that is just plain good.

This is photography that rests, not upon heavy processing or viral potential, but great composition and a profound understanding of light. I reached that point recently, and it was Bob Boyd‘s photography that I found myself scrolling through. Read more…

Metropolitan Museum of Art Makes Public 400K High-Res Images of Its Collection

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NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has officially made available 400,000 high-resolution digital images of the collections it currently has in its possession.

Hoping to keep up with other museums, the Metropolitan has created an initiative, called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC), that will “provide access to images of art in its collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain.” Read more…

Street Photographs of NYC, as Captured by a 0.1MP Game Boy Camera

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Released in September of 1998, the Game Boy Camera was actual deemed the world’s smallest digital camera by none other than the Guinness Book of World Records in its heyday. Created to be an official accessory of the then-revolutionary Nintendo Game Boy device, the camera was capable of capturing images with a resolution of, hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, 256×224 pixels. Read more…

Photographer Explores NYC’s Forgotten North Brother Island with a 4×5 Camera

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It’s a part of New York City that few have ever seen or will ever see. Called North Brother Island, this piece of land sits in the East River, housing a piece of NYC history that has been decaying ever-so-slowly for the past five decades or so: a hospital once used to house quarantined patients from the general population of NYC. Read more…

Take a Look at the Unseen Side of NYC with ‘Exploring Off-Limits New York’

New York City culture site Animal recently teamed up with photographer and urban explorer 2e to document the making of some photographs in his collection “Exploring Off-Limits New York.

From Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory to The UnderBelly Project, the video and accompanying story takes a look at some of 2e’s not-so-legal and potentially dangerous adventures. Read more…