Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Sixteen

20 September '09 -- This "angel" is a type of street performer who simply stands there without moving, statue-like.  It's not easy!  

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Fifteen

6 April '09 -- Here's a good example of the "all kinds of people crammed together" aspect of New York City.  Just by looking at the way they're dressed, particularly what's on their heads, you know that there's diversity going on here.  Note the bird.  

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Fourteen

11March '09 -- This shot of the skyline -- I call them "cityscapes" -- was taken from the other side of the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey.  

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Thirteen

13 March '09 -- Now here is a really cute message that I think well expresses the sense of humor of New York City.  At first glance this looks like just a typical sign which was handwritten onto a fence beside a vacant lot.  But if you look carefully between the letters P and I in the word "DUMPING", however, you will find that some wiseass has added -- in red ink -- the letter L.  Considering that this was in Chinatown,  a place where every other shop is a Chinese restaurant, I thought it was very funny.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Twelve

16 March '09 -- Certain people have facial characteristics or expressions which make them ready subjects for portraiture.  This shot was one in which I had to be quick on the draw.  While sitting in my cab waiting for a fare at the Columbus Circle taxi cue, suddenly he came walking toward me on the sidewalk.  The juxtaposition of his countenance with the softness of the baby create, I think, a dramatic effect. 

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Eleven

1 January '09 -- New York City, where bare walls are seen as canvases by many, is overflowing with street art.  This shot was taken on Houston Street, which separates Soho from Greenwich Village.  

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Ten

8 September '08 -- how bittersweet it is today to look at this picture of Robin Williams.  After a twenty-minute ride in which he did, among other things, an impersonation of Frances McDormand for me, he was kind enough to oblige my request for a photograph.  For the story of this ride, from  my Cabs Are For Kissing blog, click here.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Nine

11 Sept '08 -- For several years after 9/11 the anniversary of the attack would be marked by memorials to lost friends and relatives appearing on the fences surrounding Ground Zero.  The poignancy of this particular picture had a powerful effect on me when I visited the site that night, and it still does today.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Eight

6 August '08 -- when I see a pregnant woman approaching on the street I find myself reaching for my camera.  The elasticity of the human body in combination with the promise of new life is a compelling subject.  


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Seven

20 February '08 - People asking for a handout are a common sight in New York and they have often been my subjects.  I gave this man a dollar in exchange for posing for this portrait. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Six

3 February '08 - At first glance this picture looks like just a black square. But if you expand the image and examine it closely, it reveals an aspect of NYC that a night shift taxi driver is familiar with.  Two people are standing there in the shadows, the burning ends of their cigarettes and the illumination of a cell phone creating tiny specks of light.  

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Five

26 August '07 - Interesting juxtapositions can pop up quite randomly.  In this shot it looks like she could step right out of the advertisement on the side of the telephone booth and join her family.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Four

17 July '07 - New York City is bursting with messages.  It's one of my favorite subjects.  This fellow, tempting fate, caught my eye while waiting for a red light in Midtown.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Three

30 Jan '07 -  Spare parts can be found in all taxi garages.  In this shot you can tell by the tint of yellow on the windows that the painting of cabs is done in the same room.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number Two

9 Dec '06.  Some shots, due to reflections or peculiar arrangements, appear montage-like.  I took this shot through the window of a liquor shop while stuck in traffic on the Upper East Side.  Somehow the man inside, who looks like he's superimposed on the picture, made eye contact with me as I took the shot.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Fifty Favorites, Number One

This picture really was number one.  It was the first picture I published in this blog, back on Nov. 24, 2006.  I was stopped at a red light in Times Square and found myself beside this beautiful model  posing on the median which separated Broadway from 7th Avenue.   

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Pictures From A Taxi -- 10th Anniversary

It's Pictures From A Taxi's tenth anniversary today.

New York could be called a street photographer's heaven.  People of every description, things that suddenly jump out at you from their secret hiding places, profound oddities, dogs, the occasional coyote... this city is just begging to be photographed.

I decided to start carrying a digital camera (with a hefty zoom lens) around with me in my cab in 2006 for several reasons.  For one thing, it would make my already adventurous profession even more interesting.  Instead of just waiting for the light to change, I am scanning the the sidewalks for a shot.  A second reason was because with digital it is so much more doable than it had been prior to that revolution in the world of photography.  No more waiting for your film to be developed.  Instant editing that would have taken hours in a darkroom.  And a third reason was because I wanted to add "mass" to the "significance" of my other blog, Cabs Are For Kissing, which is mostly text without many pictures.  Instead of just publishing random photos of New York to accompany the posts in that blog, I thought it better to create a whole new blog of nothing but photographs.

So that was ten years ago.  For quite a few years I was publishing a new picture virtually every day, so the quantity of pictures has really added up.  There are to date exactly 2,220 posts, each consisting of simply a picture, or maybe two or three if it was warranted.  There would be many more, but let me tell you something about street photography -- you've got to be really fast!  For every shot I got there are ten I missed because I didn't have enough time to pick up my camera and shoot.  Things happen very quickly out there, plus I'm often moving myself (although I'm proud to say that on some occasions that has not prevented me from getting the shot).

Recently I completed a rather massive project of indexing all the pictures in the blog by subject matter (which I should have been doing all along).  So if you click on the label below each picture you will see other pictures with the same theme.  And of course if you click on the picture itself it will blow up in size, quite possibly revealing details you may have missed in the smaller version.  Just saying.

What I have decided to do to celebrate this momentous occasion is to pick out my fifty favorites from all these images.  For the next fifty days I will re-publish one photograph a day from the collection, a picture that in my own opinion is one of my best.  (I apologize in advance to all the pictures that were not chosen.  You know I love you all, but let's be honest, some of you are just not as good as the others.)

So I hope you'll stop by over these next few weeks to see the ones I've chosen.  In no particular order, my Fifty Favorites.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Columbus Circle

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hell's Kitchen

So much for "POST NO BILLS"

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Thursday, September 01, 2016


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Flatiron District

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Columbus Circle

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Central Park

Saturday, July 09, 2016


Monday, July 04, 2016

Upper West Side

Yoko Ono, 7/3/16

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Union Square

Friday, June 24, 2016

Upper East Side

Friday, May 27, 2016

Central Park

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Taxi "doorman" hustles for tips.  A fixture at the Met.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You Figure It Out, East Village

Monday, April 11, 2016

Upper West Side

The great Harry Belafonte and his wife Pamela Frank were passengers in my cab yesterday.
(Photo by Pamela Frank)

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Monday, April 04, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday, Hell's Kitchen

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, Brooklyn

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower was Brooklyn's tallest building from 1929 until 2009

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Sunday, March 13, 2016


Sunday, March 06, 2016

Mr. Uber, Meet Mr. Yellow

Friday, February 26, 2016

Central Park

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Central Park

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Saturday, February 06, 2016

Times Square

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Central Park Zoo

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Windows At Bloomingdale's

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Columbus Circle

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

West Side

Saturday, January 09, 2016

On The Street