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Gallery Sixty Eight: A city portrait -- impressions of New York




New York City became the subject of my first urban portrait because we go back in time together. I lived and worked in New York more than fifty years ago, and have revisited the city time and time again and watch it continue to change and evolve over the decades. As a young photographer, I first depicted the city on slide film, back at a time when I still made descriptive, rather than interpretive images. In 1959, I tried to show what the city looked like, rather than what it meant to me, or how I felt about it.

I have long since moved from describing this city to interpreting it for my viewers. I began this gallery back in the spring of 2009, and have added images to it again in both the summer and fall of that year, followed by still more photographs in the summers of 2010 and 2011, the fall of 2013, and most recently in the fall of 2016.

I originally posted sixty-eight photographs in this gallery when I began it eight years ago. It has now grown to nearly 150 photographs. I intend to add even more images to this gallery when I visit New York City in the future. You will find my most recent images displayed at the beginning of this gallery.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.