Black & White Photos of NYC in the Early 1950s by Larry Silver

Black & White Photos of NYC in the Early 1950s by Larry Silver

Check out the fantastic photography of then-boy wonder photographer Larry Silver who was living in NYC at the time and shot these photos between 1949 and 1954. He didn’t know it at the time, but Silver’s work (specifically those shot among the hustle and bustle of the city streets in New York) was right in line with other members of the “New York School of Photography,” which refers to a loosely defined group of photographers who lived and worked in New York City during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s sharing influences, subjects and stylistic earmarks.

 

These were the photographers like Ruth Orkin, Saul Leiter, Ernst Haas , Ted Croner, Vivian Maier, and Esther Bubley, who would capture life in New York not as “the big city,” but as a collection of neighborhoods, people, and emotions that would later define what we now consider top of mind when thinking about the nostalgic way New York used to be. It’s the bright lights of Coney Island, the hustle and bustle on the Manhattan sidewalk, and the stroll in Central Park that interested these photographers. The men and women of this movement are artists. Silver was among those men and women thanks to both his eye, and to the city he was living in.

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Hiyaaaa Paaal. Not sure if everyone’s aware, but if there’s one thing I learned as a kid it’s that “you can’t mess with kids on Christmas.” Thanks Kevin McCallister for teaching me that valuable lesson. Another thing I’ve learned is that: you’ve been smoochin’ with everybody: Snuffy. Al. Leo. Little Mo with the gimpy leg. Cheeks. Boney Bob. Cliff!

 

Enjoy some clips and music from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and remember to keep the holiday cheer in your heart all year!

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Joey Verskotzi’s Sleepless One, A New Music Video Directed By Tony Franklin

Tony Franklin, who has directed some fantastic pieces of film in the past few years is back with a new passion project. This music video for artist Joey Verskotzi is masterfully shot with a brilliant composition that, along with the melodic tones of the song, put you in an engaged trance as you watch. The rich, but muted colors play off of this same notion. The whole video feels like the kind of dream you don’t want to wake up from. Shouldn’t that be what life is like? Take a look! There are more credits after the jump. Read More

Fantastic, Rare Photos of New York City in the 1930s by Berenice Abbott

Fantastic, Rare Photos of New York City in the 1930s by Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. Earning acclaim as a portrait photographer in 1920s Paris, Ms. Abbott returned to the United States in 1929. When she saw the growth New York had endured during her time away, she knew she had to document it’s change going forward. She got support from The Museum of the City of New York and funding from the Public Works Administration. She called her project “Changing New York.” Her first photographs of the city were taken with a hand-held Kurt-Bentzin camera, but soon she acquired a Century Universal camera which produced 8 x 10 inch negatives. Using this large format camera, Ms. Abbott photographed New York City with the diligence and attention to detail. Her work has provided a historical chronicle of many now-destroyed buildings and neighborhoods of Manhattan. Read More