Visiting the Old Nabe

99th and Broadway, New York
99th and Broadway, New York

Continuing with some cross-posting from the New York People Live (NYPL) Facebook page and our series of street portraits taken with the permission of the subject…

In the early 2000s I began shooting a series of photographs of people living and working on Broadway in New York. I’ve given it various names over the years: “the Burghers of Broadway,” “Broadway Bound” and “On Broadway.” Over the coming days I’ll present several of those images, starting here with one from 2006.¬†This woman was dressed to the nines in her Sunday best, sitting in a wheelchair on the corner of Broadway & 99th Street. She said she was happy to be visiting her old neighborhood on such a pretty late April day. Then her brother came up and was angry with her for allowing me to take her picture, not knowing who I was or to what purpose I might put it.

 

Sticking to our Knitting

Our Facebook series of “permission-granted” street portraits continues with this one of a young woman knitting outside the Guggenheim Museum in April, 2005. Unfortunately, the sun was very bright and I didn’t have a polarizing filter leading to some blown highlights.

Fifth Ave and 89th St, New York
Fifth Ave and 89th St, New York

Mother and Child

Continuing our series of street photographs taken with the consent of the subject, here’s one I took in the late 1970s. This little boy was so adorable, but once his mother gave permission and he knew I was taking pictures things changed. I had to wait quite a while till he’d forgotten about me before I could get the truly candid shots I wanted.

F train, New York
F train, New York

Blog Note

I’ve been a little focused on the Facebook version of this site lately (https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-People-Live-NYPL/112051462139672?fref=ts), so no new images today. However, to illustrate a short piece I wrote there on secretly taking pictures vs. taking them with permission I’ve started showing some older work where permission was asked and granted. Here are the first two:

Time Square subway station. Christmas Day, 2008.
Time Square subway station. Christmas Day, 2008.
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Broadway and 74th St, New York. 2008.