This Photographer Shot the Same Strangers Going to Work Over 9 Years

How do you photograph the same strangers on the street over the course of nearly a decade? Here’s one strategy: visit the same street corner at the same time of day and capture them going to work. That’s what Danish photographer Peter Funch did between 2007 and 2016.

Over the span of those 9 years, Funch visited the same street corner at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt in New York City, outside Grand Central Terminal. As he photographed the people in the crowds between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning, Funch repeatedly captured familiar faces of the same strangers going about their morning routine.

Some of the people in the project had routines that were so consistent that they were photographed at both the beginning and end of the project, as well as at times in between.

Funch also observed that people could often be seen and photographed in unintentional pairings or groups with other strangers who also had consistent routines.

“It was fascinating to see that connectivity between people,” Funch tells Co.Design. “They have no idea.”


The photo pairs in this article were all separated by days, weeks, and months.

Funch has published this project through TBW Books as a photo book titled 42nd and Vanderbilt. It’s a hardcover book containing 160 pages and 123 plates.

Image credits: Photographs by Peter Funch and used with permission. Courtesy Peter Funch and V1 Gallery.