New York

Late Traveler

Martin Lewis - Late Traveler

Martin Lewis, “Late Traveler” (1949) (via)

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New York, 1932

Abbott - Night View

Night View by Berenice Abbott [New York at night, Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave., West Side, 34th and 33rd Streets], 1932. (via)

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Penn Station, 1962

Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, New York City. May 10th, 1962. Photograph by Cervin Robinson. (via)

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Off to NYC

New-Rock-City

Heading down to New York today for lunch with my U.S. and U.K. editors. Which seems like a good enough excuse to post one of Joseph Holmes’ wonderful images of New York and recommend you stop by his photo blog, Joe’s NYC, a portfolio of amazing street photography. (A few of my favorites are here, here and here. The image above lives here.)

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Barbara Mensch’s photographs of Fulton Fish Market

Mensch-Nunzio

A few weeks ago I wrote about photographer Barbara Mensch’s lovely images of New York. Barbara recently wrote to point me to another series of her photographs, this one depicting the Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan, which was closed in 2005. The photographs are different from the ones that first caught my eye — grittier, more documentary and personal in style — but they are fascinating. I especially like the portraits of the men who worked in the market, like the one above, “Nunzio an Unloader” (1982).

In an email, Barbara wrote, “I am a storyteller by nature and for years I have tried to weave together visual stories and oral histories.” That sense of story, of the rich experience of this place, really comes through in these pictures. Looking at them, you imagine the whole world of the Manhattan waterfront, all the stink and clatter and damp. It’s all gone now, taking a thousand stories with it. The world is full of lost places like this, of course, which were not so fortunate as to have a Barbara Mensch to document them.

The full story behind these photos is related here. Many of the images and accompanying stories have been compiled into a book called South Street, with an introduction by Philip Lopate. Barbara Mensch’s photographs are available at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York (41 East 57th Street).

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Barbara Mensch’s photographs of New York

Barbara Mensch - New York City

Gorgeous images of New York City by photographer Barbara Mensch. Some background information about Barbara Mensch is here.

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