NEW YORK I’ve long had a love affair with New York. My connection with the city goes back to the 1950s when I was a high school kid and lived on Long Island. During summer vacations I worked in Manhattan as a messenger boy buzzing around town delivering packages and, along the way, soaking up city life.
My interest in photography began in 1968 when I began explore New York with my 35-mm camera—rarely going anywhere without it—looking for photogenic situations. Central Park proved to be an especially rich source of subjects, I think because it is there that people escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of city life to relax, let loose, have fun. Life on the streets also offered an endless parade of unexpected moments—sometimes strange, sometimes funny, sometimes mysterious, always fascinating. Most of the images here were made between 1968 and 1976.