Jarring Vintage Photos Capture A New York City Without Any People
When specifying the essence of what makes New York City New York City, we wouldn’t point to the skyscrapers or the subways or even the dollar pizza. No, we’d have to highlight the ever-buzzing crowds of New Yorkers as the true defining feature of the great NYC, be they tourists, natives or transplants. Without people, the bustling city would look, well, something like this.
This uncanny vision is brought to you by Duane Michals, the photographer who, beginning in the 1960s, roamed the streets of New York in the wee hours of morning, before the city that supposedly never sleeps had woken up. The resulting images, as haunting as they are captivating, depict subway cars, barber shops, bodegas and laundromats without a single customer or passerby, a sight usually unimaginable to New York residents. The rare gelatin silver prints are being shown together for the first time at DC Moore Gallery.