The latest in our video series on photographers in their favourite environments was filmed last November, but now feels like a lifetime ago. New York City then was experiencing the pre-holiday bustle of a crisp, cold autumn. I spent a week there, visiting with friends, seeing a play and several movies, eating in diners and restaurants and drinking in bars, attending concerts and taking a lot of walks around the city, including this memorable one I shared with street photographer James Maher. A few short months later and New York City now is the epicentre of the COVID-19 crisis.
The bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres are closed. The streets are mostly empty. There is a common understanding that the city will never return back to ‘normal.’ How strange to see the crowds, the traffic and the tourists in this piece. James knows the streets of New York intimately, was a fantastic guide and, like the best street photography, his images capture the spontaneity and hidden beauty of the city in a way that is now all too poignant. His work can be found at:
Stay tuned for followup videos about his East Village project and about the changing seasons of the city.