New York, Portrait of a City is a photographic journey through the history of the New York. This book presents the epic story of New York on nearly 600 pages of emotional, atmospheric photographs, from the mid-19th century to the present day. Supplementing this treasure trove of images are over a hundred quotations and references from relevant books, movies, shows and songs. The city's fluctuating fortunes are all represented, from the wild nights of the Jazz Age and the hedonistic disco era, to the grim days of the Depression and the devastation of 9/11 and its aftermath, as its broken-hearted but unbowed citizens picked up the pieces.
Featured in this book are hundreds of iconic images, sourced from dozens of archives and private collections—many never before published—and the work of over 150 celebrated photographers. Below is a collection of some of the images from the book.
© Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection. Above: Mulberry Street, 1900.
© Jack Delano, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Above: A shot of Lower Manhattan, as seen from a departing ship, 1941.
© Esther Bubley/Courtesy of Esther Bubley Archive. Above: People getting on the Third Avenue elevated train (El) on the East Side of Manhattan, 1951.
© Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum. Above: The main concourse at Grand Central Terminal, 1929.
© Samuel H. Gottscho/Courtesy of Daniel Wolf, Inc., New York. Above: The opening day of the Empire State Building, 1931.
© Estate of Evelyn Hofer. Above: A series of highways flowing through the heart of Manhattan’s West Side, 1964.
© Steve Schapiro. Above: A film still from the classic 1970s movie Taxi Driver, featuring Robert De Niro and the director Martin Scorsese, 1976.
© Paul Himmel/Courtesy of Keith De Lellis Gallery, New York. Above: Brooklyn Bridge View, 1950.
© Phillip-Lorca diCorcia/Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York. Above: Philip-Lorca diCorcia: 42nd Street, 1996.
Estate of William Claxton. Above: Various jazz musicians outside the Metropole Café, the center of traditional jazz in New York, Broadway, 1960.