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March 22, 2006

A new start with Journal Of A Photographer

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I am back in New York and happy to inform you about the launch of my new website Journal Of A Photographer.

Journal Of A Photographer is a continuation of New York Photoblog. Similar design, slightly adapted and with extended content. It's a website dedicated to photojournalism and photography. You will not only find personal photographs and stories on my new site but also a continued series of audio interviews with renown photographers that should bring you insight views into their lifes. You'll find photography book reviews as well as tutorials on my workflow, photojournalism news, events and competitons and an extensive links section with sites related to photography and journalism.

Journal Of A Photographer - A Photojournalism Blog and a website dedicated to photography and passion

I hope that you are going to enjoy Journal Of A Photographer at least as much as you enjoyed New York Photoblog! Thank's for your support!

Posted by Martin Fuchs at 04:47 AM | Comments (3)

February 14, 2006

Back to New York and the end of New York Photoblog

Ihu Anyanwu aka g.rizo pictured on Viennas Naschmarkt
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Dear friends, supporters and visitors of New York Photoblog,

I left New York about 3 months ago and went back to Vienna. I enjoyed the time back home, I continued to photograph, had a couple of assignments for a newspaper, enjoyed the time with my girlfriend and my family. But I also missed New York, it's energy, it's composure, it's people, the streets...

About two weeks ago Mark Lubell and Claudine Boeglin from Magnum New York called me to ask me if I'd like to return to Magnum for another 3 months to work on an important project. This time I'd get payed, the internship is over. To make a long story short and not bother you with details, I said yes after my girlfriend said ok.

So I am happy to announce that I'll be back in New York City from March to May 2006. Yeah baby, the adventure continues... :-)
At the same time this is the official announcement of the end of New York Photoblog. Since I don't know what time will bring and I can't run a website about New York if I'm not there, I worked on a new project, a new website, a new blog that will be about photojournalism, photography and passion.
I am happy to have Lexar, ColorVision and Digital Railroad as sponsors for my new project. They again support me with their equipment and know-how. I am still negotiating with Canon and really hope that they'll also continue to support me.

The new website "Journal Of A Photographer" will launch on March 1st 2006. So long you can check out my portfolio website or my Digital Railroad archive for some recent photographs.
New York Photoblog will of course stay online for now. Fell free to browse the archives or check out some of my favourite posts. I selected a couple of posts from New York Photoblog which I find most interesting, entertaining or somehow informative.

A selection of New York Photoblog posts

Audio interview with Magnum photographer Simon Wheatley - November 28, 2005
New gallery: A Backstage Look At Magnum Photos New York - November 21, 2005
An open letter to Magnum New York and a job in London - November 03, 2005
A night out with Bruce Gilden - October 30, 2005
Multimedia Gallery: Four Years Later - 9/11 Commemoration - October 17, 2005
Anti-War Protesters in front of the White House - September 26, 2005
Back from my trip to Washington, DC - September 24, 2005
People waiting at a bus stop in Lower Manhattan - September 07, 2005
Color is color is color is color - September 06, 2005
An adventure: A day trip to Staten Island - September 05, 2005
The Alex Webb / Chuck Norris connection - August 28, 2005
How my impressions about New York changed so far - August 19, 2005
War Photographer: The Backstage Story - August 18, 2005
Some certain small things that make me know: I'm back - August 17, 2005
Karin and Nicole in the quietness of the night - August 07, 2005
Observing the passers-by from above on 5th Avenue - August 02, 2005
Sun slit in Midtown Manhattan - July 23, 2005
A Giant grabbing a couple on 5th Avenue in Manhattan - July 21, 2005
Prospecting for girls in El Barrio - July 20, 2005
Uncle Sam, the man with the big hat - July 14, 2005
Thomas Eickhoff on the traces of his family - July 12, 2005
More photos of the Gay Pride Parade 2005 - June 28, 2005
Two men on 5th Avenue - June 20, 2005
A rooftop movie night - June 19, 2005
Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City Part I - June 12, 2005
Puerto Rican Festival in Spanish Harlem - June 11, 2005
A woman waiting on the sidewalk - June 07, 2005
Sunday on the beach and at a parade - June 05, 2005
It's all about photography... - June 03, 2005
Todays Magnum In Motion Meeting - May 31, 2005
Dance Africa 2005 in Brooklyn - May 30, 2005
Tasty and fresh - Fulton Fish Market Part I - May 27, 2005
316 (Threehundredandsixteen) American National Flags - May 22, 2005
42nd Street Subway Station - May 17, 2005
Getting Carl De Keyzer a coffee - May 07, 2005
Joe the man who's picture was taken a thousand times - May 01, 2005
Arrival in New York City - April 29, 2005

So thank's again for visiting New York Photoblog and stay tuned for the new site! Remember March 1st is the launch date for it!
I hope to see you again on "Journal Of A Photographer" soon.

Martin

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January 30, 2006

An evening protest in Vienna III

A small protest against the privatization of the Austrian Post

A small protest against the privatization of the Austrian Post
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January 24, 2006

An evening protest in Vienna II

A small protest against the privatization of the Austrian Post

A small protest against the privatization of the Austrian Post
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A couple of days ago the union of the Austrian Post called for a protest march against the privatization of the Austrian Post. They expected about 800 participants, about 350 came.
Anyway, they started to march at about 4:30 pm when it was almost dark. Not exactly what I'd call good light conditions to photograph. I used a flash to photograph in the beginning but I haven't really been happy with the results. Since I didn't have an assignment for that I decided to play round a little bit and shot without a flash and at times from 1 second to 1/6 of a second.
Obviously there is a lot of movement in the images. Usually not what I like to work with but I found the results interesting.

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January 23, 2006

An evening protest in Vienna

At a small protest against privatization of the Austrian Post
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November 06, 2005

The 2005 New York City Marathon

The 2005 New York City Marathon
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November 05, 2005

Another shot from yesterday night

Face on 23rd street in Manhattan
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November 02, 2005

Face of the night: Samantha

Face of the night: Samantha
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November 01, 2005

Face of the night in Co-Op City

Alex Soto at night in Co-Op City
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October 31, 2005

The 2005 New York City Halloween Parade

The 2005 New York City Halloween Parade
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Honestly I am not able to write a good report about this years New York City Halloween Parade. I went down to the parades line up on Spring Street after work and started to walk around a little bit, snapping a couple if images. I believe that this parade was by far the most crowded one I've seen since I came to New York six months ago. All these crazy people with their - I have to say mostly boring costumes. Of course there have been fancy costumes as well but the majority was dressed up in the well known costumes. The costume I liked best of the ones I saw was a guy going as a family portrait. He had this huge picture frame with a family portrait showing a father, two boys and a mother. The mothers face was cut out and this guy put his head with a wig through that hole and was walking around like this. Pretty fancy isn't it? In contrast to that my costume was so lame! I went as a photographer...
I don't want to malign the Halloween parade, the mood was very good, people enjoyed theirselfs and had fun. Personally I had enough after about two hours of walking around. The big parades have lost their initial charm for me I guess. I am not the biggest fan of those large events with thousands and thousands of people sticking together.
Due to my departure in 12 days I have many things on my mind and much work waiting for me. I left and walked up to 23rd street where I catched the bus.

On my way up I ran into a guy with a very special costume: "Man, this dude did a great job with his costume! He totally looks like Bruce Gilden." Well it was Bruce Gilden together with his wife coming out of a restaurant. We stopped, his wife and me smoked a cigarette together, we talked a little bit and then they picked their daughter up from a Halloween party.

You can see some more photographs of New York streets on All Hallows Eve over on rion's site.

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October 28, 2005

Bump N' Grind Baby...

Bump N' Grind Baby
A photograph from the archive today. 116th Street Festival in El Barrio. Click image to enlarge or see another Bump N' Grind Photo here.

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October 25, 2005

Times Square at night - Reflections in a window

Times Square at night - Reflections in a window
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October 24, 2005

Reflections in a bus window at night

Reflections in a bus window in New York City
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October 23, 2005

Times Square at night

Times Square in New York City at Night
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October 21, 2005

Girls hanging out in El Barrio

Girls hanging out in El Barrio
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October 20, 2005

42nd Street - Grand Central Station

Commuters at the 42nd Street - Grand Central Station
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October 18, 2005

Last sunrays of the day

Last sunrays of the day in Manhattan, New York

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October 17, 2005

Multimedia Gallery: Four Years Later - 9/11 Commemoration

New Multimedia Gallery online: Four Years Later - 9/11 Commemoration
A little over a month ago I went to photograph the commemoration event of the attacks on the World Trade Center at Ground Zero.

I arrived at Ground Zero at 07:30 a.m. on the morning of September 11th and stayed until 11:00 p.m. Not to photograph the official ceremony where about 640 siblings of those who died read the names of the 2.749 victims but to photograph the people who came to Lower Manhattan to mourn and remember.
It was an intense and from time to time touching day. This gallery might seem a little pathetic but that's how I experienced this day.

In addition to taking photographs I also recorded sound with my little Mini Disc player. It was not the first time I recorded sound but it's the first time I actually use it. Inspired by Magnum In Motion, MSNBC, The New York Times and some other websites who already build multimedia galleries for certain topics and stories, combining photographs with sound, I decided that it's time for me to do the same thing. I just think that sound and in this case original sound recorded the same day and the same place adds another dimension to a set of photographs.

I had to learn how to use sound editing software and had a hard time to tune the sound for the photographs. But the biggest part of the work for this multimedia gallery did a great friend of mine...
To make this project happen I needed somebody to help me out with the Flash programming. Me and Flash... Forget it. As so often my friend agreed to help me out and not only build the Flash file for it but he build a template which I can easily use again for other multimedia stories without the need to programm in Flash. Man, thanks a lot for this!

The complete feature takes 5 minutes and 32 seconds to view. If you do not have Flash installed or have a very slow internet connection you are also able to view the photographs as an HTML gallery by following the link at the bottom of the pop up.
Any comments and feedback on this multimedia gallery are highly appreciated. To see the other galleries I created (without sound) check out the Photosets section.

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October 14, 2005

A break on 136th Street in Harlem

A break on 136th Street in Harlem

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October 13, 2005

Soho at night

Soho at night

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October 12, 2005

I love New York in the rain

New York at Night and during the rain

New York at Night and during the rain

New York at Night and during the rain

New York at Night and during the rain
Basically it is raining in New York since last Saturday. There might be a couple of hours in between where the sky is just gray but I'd say for the most time of the day it's pouring down.
But let me tell you... I enjoy this weather at the moment. There wasn't really much rain in the last couple of months and a rainy New York has it's beautiful sides as well. I enjoy the somehow low temperature, I even went to buy a sweater and I even wear it. I went for a long walk in the rain this evening and I didn't really care about getting wet. It had something peaceful.

On the other hand side I have to say that I am thinking about whether I am a "good weather photographer" or not. Honestly I have to say that those gray days are not really alluring for taking photographs. At least for me. I miss the light, the contrasts and the colors. So I guess I am a so called "good weather photographer". At least right now. But I do also have quite a lot of work to do. I am working on a new concept for my time after New York, I am working on a couple of interviews with photographers and (important) I am starting to get in touch with different people from newspapers and magazines in Austria. That goes very slowly, I have to follow up on e-mails, have to write new ones, have to call again but don't get any concrete answers. Well that's just the way it is I guess. Hope that will be at least a little easier as soon as I have the possibility to meet in person.

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October 11, 2005

An American Flag on City Island in the Bronx

An American Flag on City Island in the Bronx
Not quite as nice as the one from yesterday but still another one for my collection. More Flags in the archive, something else than flags tomorrow. ;-)

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October 10, 2005

The Flag under a rainy sky in Williamsburg

The Flag under a rainy sky in Williamsburg

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October 07, 2005

A dancing couple in Spanish Harlem

A dancing couple in Spanish Harlem

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September 30, 2005

A man on the south tip of Manhattan

A man on the south tip of Manhattan

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September 27, 2005

Anti-War Protests in Washington, DC - Part III

Anti-War Protests in Washington

Anti-War Demonstrator in front of the White House

Anti-War Demonstrator in front of the White House
More Anti-War Protests here and here.

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September 26, 2005

Anti-War Protesters in front of the White House

Anti-War Protester with death mask and flag in front of the White House in Washington DC

Anti-War Protester showing his middle fingers towards the White House
Christian Lehner wrote a story (in German) about last Saterdays Anti-War march in Washington, DC on the FM4 website (Austrian Broadcast) and used a selection of photographs I took to illustrate his article. The article can be found on the FM4 website.

More photographs and my own impressions about Saterdays march can be seen/read in yesterdays post. More to follow. Peace out!

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September 25, 2005

Anti-War Demonstration in Washington, DC

Veterans say No to war at the Anti-War march in Washington DC, September 24th 2005
My Saterday started at three o'clock in the morning. I got up, took the train through the Bronx, through Manhattan into the heart of Brooklyn where I was supposed to meet the Brooklyn Parents for Peace and Christian Lehner from the Austrian Broadcast to go to Washington, DC for the Anti-War march.

I arrived a little early (05:20 am), the streets have been quiet, almost no traffic. Christian came a couple of minutes after me and the first participants of the march waited around the corner already. We got to talk to a couple of people and finally left with the second bus at about half past six. It was an interesting four hour bus ride to the capital city of the United States. I was sitting next to Mark Gibian, a Williamsburg artist whose father originally immigrated from Prague and whose family still owns a glove shop in Vienna. Austrian connections everywhere. We had a good time talking about a lot of things. Want to try and meet him again before I return to Austria.

A protester is sending peaceful spirits towards the White House in Washington
After a stop on one of the motorway service areas we got to the outskirts of Washington. The stop on the motor way already promised a lot of people coming to the march. Buses with peace-protesters whereever you looked. Arriving in DC there were buses and hundrets (if not thousands) of people waiting and trying to get onto the subway. Thanks Washington for not letting buses into the city, thanks for running the subway trains on a Saterday scheduled and thanks for doing subway construction work that day. It easily cost us an extra hour. But of course that didn't happen because officials wanted to keep the number of demonstators down... Oh no...

Anyway, we finally got into town with good cheer, found our way to the rally and just came in time for the beginning of the march. I started walking in the march on my own and sometimes even had troubles to take photographs because I hardly could move because of the crowd. Man, there were so many people holding banners and signboards, speaking out against war.

A handicapped veteran at the Anti-War march and demonstration in Washington DC, September 24th 2005
It was a loud but non-violent demonstration. People of all races, from all over the country, young and old, veterans and relatives of military families attended. And I think there have been well over 100.000 people on the streets. Hard to prove since the numbers published by organizers of such events are always to high and the numbers pubished by police is always to low. I usually take those two numbers and the one in the middle seems to come closest. Nowadays Washington officials no longer publish estimated numbers of attendses to such events. I wonder why... Could it be because they don't want the world to know that a lot of Americans are against the war?
As the New York Times reports Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey thinks that the 100,000 people mark was probably hit.

Regarding my feelings throughout the march... I have to say that I was touched by that many people protesting for what they believe in: Peace. I saw parents who lost their sons in Iraq, I saw Vietnam war veterans who don't believe in war anymore. Iraq war veterans who came back from war not that long ago, a lot of them hardly out of teenage age. And there were people stopping in front of the White House stretching their finger towards it. I kind of liked that. But what I even liked more have been those who stopped in front of the White House to form the Victory sign with their hands. Just as the man in the middle photograph told me (unfortunately I didn't get his name): "He is sending peaceful spirits into the White House to stop that mess".

More photographs of the Anti-War demonstration in Washington, DC tomorrow.

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September 22, 2005

One more from the Mexican Independence Day Festical

A teenage boy carrying a Mexican flag at the Mexican Independence Day Festical 2005 in Spanish Harlem

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September 19, 2005

Teenagers at the Mexican Independence Day Festival

Teenagers at the Mexican Independence Day Festival 2005 in Spanish Harlem

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September 08, 2005

Magnum Photos staff and interns after work

Magnum Photos staff and interns after work

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September 07, 2005

People waiting at a bus stop in Lower Manhattan

People waiting at a bus stop in Lower Manhattan

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September 06, 2005

Color is color is color is color

A Flushings billiard cafe at sunset
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I've been in Woodstock for a photography workshop with Alex Webb last weekend. Originally I should have assisted him but there was not much left to do for me so I just enjoyed the workshop. I've written about the workshop before.

As already mentioned I enjoyed the two days a lot. But frankly spoken I didn't have the feeling to have learned a lot new. Two days are just a very limited time.

About a week later I see things in a different light, word-for-word, and I realize that I took something important with me from those two days with Alex and Rebecca.

I usually see black and white while photographing. Although I have the deepest respect for good color photography I just always had the feeling that it is so much harder to see in color.
Alex Webb was talking about color and light in his work. That color is about emotion. I started to grapple with that thought and looked through some of his books again, paying more attention to details and lightning. I am not saying that I suddenly turned into a color photographer but I have to admit that I am starting to see color images while wandering around on the streets of New York. I enjoy the warm light and shadows on late afternoons more and I'd say that this is something I didn't always pay enough attention to.

I took the image above last Thursday evening in Flushings, Queens. I passed by this billiard cafe, saw the people playing inside, the reflections in the window and I didn't even ask myself if this should be black and white or color. It was clear that it had to be a color photograph.

So this is what I took with me. I've been inspired to further develope my way of seeing. And it's great to have the possibility to choose, based on your subject, if you want to shoot in color or black and white. There is still a long way to go but let me tell you, I have so much joy going this way!

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September 05, 2005

An adventure: A day trip to Staten Island

People posing for a photograph on the Staten Island Ferry on the way back to Manhattan
Today is the last day of the 2005 Labor Day Weekend. For all none Americans: Labor Day is a national holiday which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
That basically means that I had a long weekend starting with a short Friday (the last short Friday where Magnum closed at 1 p.m.), ending with a Monday off.

I had a great weekend. The weather was wonderful throughout the entire weekend. It was sunny and hot but it wasn't humid which even made the midday hours bearable. I didn't really know what to do Friday evening and was assessing of whether to go out or stay at home. I ended up turning some relaxing music on. I listened to "Freundeskreis" which means circle of friendship. "Freundeskreis" are a German band, they do a mix of Hip Hop and Reggae and sing in 4 different langages. Esperanto, German, English and French. You might want to check out "Freundeskreis" on Amazon.
Anyway, so I turned that music on, laid down on my bed and started to drift away... I got a lot of sleep that night which made me well rested for the following day.

Saterday morning I met Irene, another Magnum intern from Mexico. We took the ferry to Staten Island and got on the bus to go all the way down to the end of Staten Island. We were on the search for an old ship yard another co-worker told us about.
The bus drive took pretty long, about an hour and a half probably but it was an interesting ride. We got to see a lot of Staten Island which is again totally different to the rest of New York. You somehow have the feeling not to be in the city anymore. It's totally suburban with a lot of one family houses, a front porch and tons of American Flags flying. There seem to be some rich areas and a lot of middle class areas. I also got the feeling that the majority of people living there is white. Someone told me that Staten Island is known for it's racist infringements but I don't know if that's true or not.

After arriving at Arthur Kill Road and Roosville Avenue we stood in front of a long fence which environed a scrap yard at the water front. We went along that fence and found a small stream which dug a hole underneath that fence just big enough to crawl through. Alright, the adventure can start... We got inside that scrap yard and saw the old ships lying in the water behind a small hill. We walked around a little bit and tried to get on the other side of that hill to get closer to those ships. Unfortunatly there was a lot of water between us and the ships... We should have tried to get in at another spot which would have led us nearer. Still an interesting surrounding. All those half sunk old rusty and damaged ships which offer a new home to all sort of birds and other animals. We have been sitting there for a while and decided to leave when we heared voices nearby. See a satellite image of the ship yard on Google.

Out again we went inside a Saloon to have a drink and eat something. Man let me tell you. Totally western style with some Harley Davidson bikers having a couple of drinks and playing a video game where you hold a rifle shooting deers. The food was good. Strengthened after lunch we continued our exploration of Staten Island and kept on walking on Arthur Kill Road. Visited an old cemetery, talked to a guy who was flying an old US Flag on his front porch which only had 31 stars in it and suddenly stood in front of a prison. Actually it's not called prison in North America but Correctional Facility...

We then took the bus back to the Staten Island Ferry station to get back to Manhattan. The light was wonderful at that time. Warm and rich. Back in Manhattan Irene left to meet somebody and I stayed near the ferry station to take a couple of photographs in that great light. A good and interesting day with a lot of new discoveries. I enjoy these days of just walking and looking around so much!

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September 04, 2005

Jogging along the East River on a beautiful Saterday evening

Jogging along the East River on a beautiful Saterday evening

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September 03, 2005

Reflections in a window of a Chinese restaurant in Flushings

Reflections in a window of a Chinese restaurant in Flushings
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August 29, 2005

Family excursion to the Dutchess County Fair

Family excursion to the Dutchess County Fair 2005

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August 27, 2005

People on 42nd Street in Manhattan

People on 42nd Street in Manhattan

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August 22, 2005

A crowd of people in Manhattan

A crowd of people in Manhattan

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August 21, 2005

Tell me off for $ 2.00

Tell me off for $ 2.00

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August 20, 2005

How New York got its nickname "The Big Apple"

Big Apple Sign on 135th Street in Harlem

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I never really asked myself why New York City is also called "The Big Apple". Today I found the answer... At least a possible one.

I went to Harlem and walked around for a couple of hours. I happend to come across the "Uptown Saterday Nite" Festival which is part of the 2005 Harlem Week. Nothing sensational but on the corner of 135th Street and 7th Avenue I noticed this old red building with a sign showing an upside down apple saying "The Big Apple". I took a photograph and went on.
After coming home I did a little research on the internet, looking for this particular sign in Harlem. That's how I found out about the history of this sign and New Yorks nickname.

In the 1920's Jazz musicians picked the term "Big Apple" up from horseracing people who considered New York races and gigs to be where the big money was. Since a horse, up for a big purse in New York City, can't get paid off in big money himself, the lingo promised him a big apple. At this time a night club opened in Harlem called "The Big Apple". Some historians think that New Yorks nickname may have come from this long forgotten club. The club is gone, the sign, with its upside down apple, is still there.

For another theory you may want to read this article from the Society for New York City History.

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August 17, 2005

Some certain small things that make me know: I'm back

People on 42nd Street in Manhattan
It's some certain small things that make me know that I am back in New York. It starts when getting on the bus in the morning, you look at the driver and say something like "Good morning, how are you doing today?". And you actually get an answer. It's this certain amount of friendliness in every day life situations which have been strange to me when I came to New York and which I appreciate now.
Seeing some of my fellow commuters again, recognizing some faces on the train, seeing people who are singing and dancing in public while listening to their MP3 player without getting stared at. Impossible in Vienna...
Getting back to work, meeting my colleagues again, hearing that they wanted me to bring Milka chocolate and "Mozartkugeln" from Vienna but didn't want to ask for it. I even heared that there was a guy calling the Magnum office telling them that he is a big fan of Magnum, that he loves my blog and therefore would really like to come over and see the office. First they told him that this is rather unusual but he sort of begged and then he was told that I am going to get in touch with him once I am back. I didn't yet get his contact information but am waiting for it.
It's this special sort of light, the last sunbeams coming down to the streets reflected by the windows of skyscrapers which is irresistible. The great diversity of people and cultures you happen to see wherever you look.
And of course it's also the noise on the streets, the hot and steamy air down in the subway stations and a couple of other things which are not as nice as the above described. Everything forms one whole thing. Oh and by the way... I met my new roommates. They are nice and they are artists. Artists... Well I am a little suspicious towards everything containing this term but we already talked about art a little bit tonight and I guess we are going to have some nice conversations on that topic. Might help me to get rid of some more prejudices.

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August 13, 2005

Prospecting for girls in El Barrio II

Prospecting for girls in El Barrio

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August 05, 2005

Dominican teenagers driving around on Grand Concourse

Dominican teenagers driving around on Grand Concourse

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August 03, 2005

Street Scene on Grand Concourse in the Bronx II

Street Scene on Grand Concourse in the Bronx
I already posted one of these shots taken on Grand Concourse a couple of weeks ago. I am still fascinated by this area and definitly want to learn more about it. I'll go back there as soon as I am in New York again.
Click on the photo above for a bigger view.

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August 02, 2005

Observing the passers-by from above on 5th Avenue

Observing the passers-by from above on 5th Avenue

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July 31, 2005

Summer school class posing for a photo at Ground Zero

Summer school class posing for a photo at Ground Zero
More images of people posing for photographs can be found in the archives.

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July 29, 2005

Sun slit in Downtown Manhattan

Sun slit in Downtown Manhattan
I looked through the images which I took in the last three months and decided to post some shots of New York even though I am still in Vienna. I am going to the countryside together with my girlfriend for the weekend so you are going to see some older shots in the next couple of days.

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July 23, 2005

Sun slit in Midtown Manhattan

Sun slit in Midtown Manhattan

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July 21, 2005

A Giant grabbing a couple on 5th Avenue in Manhattan

A couple grabed by a Giant on 5th Avenue in Manhattan
I had the day off to get out and shoot a little. I took the train to 59th Street, stayed between 59th Street and 55th Street on Park Avenue for a while to photograph people (that's were the above shot was taken), and then walked all the way down to Brooklyn Bridge to go to the Empire Fulton Ferry Park to take some shots of "Movies with a view". That's an open air cinema under Brooklyn Bridge showing a different film every Thursday up to August 25. Nice view onto Manhattan of course.

When I came there a park ranger approached me to ask what the purpose of my photos is. I asked him if it's some sort of a security concern because of the bridges. They don't really like people taking pictures of them. Before I was able to answer his question he told me that this has nothing to do with securtiy. But "since I am not in New York City anymore the rules are a little different." Stop here... What meand I am not in New York City anymore. I just went over the Brooklyn Bridge... He told me that I left NYC after crossing the border to the Empire Fulton Ferry Park because it's a State Park and therefore I am in New York State. If I want to photograph there for business purpose or to build up a Portfolio I have to get a permission first. He asked who will see these photographs beside me and I told him that my friends and family will see them probably. That was alright for him and for me as well since I didn't have to lie. All the visitors of my website are my friends... ;-)

Anyway, I am really tired now, I don't really take the time to relaxe and am therefore looking forward to tomorrow. The Magnum staff will meet in front of the office to get on a Van and drive to the Hamptons. Thomas Hoepker (Magnum Photographer and at the moment president of Magnum Photos) lives there and invited the staff to come over for a day. Relaxing, hanging out on the lake, having fun... I am sure it will be a fun day.

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July 20, 2005

Prospecting for girls in El Barrio

Prospecting for girls in El Barrio

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July 19, 2005

Street Scene on Grand Concourse in the Bronx

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There's a lot details in this shot so you might want to take a look at a bigger version by clicking on the photo.

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July 14, 2005

Uncle Sam, the man with the big hat

A man in front of an advertisement near the Port Authority Bus Terminal

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July 10, 2005

Waiting on Broadway and 8th Street

Waiting on Broadway and 8th Street

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July 09, 2005

A man on 116th Street in Spanish Harlem

A man on 116th Street in Spanish Harlem

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July 08, 2005

Refocusing and relaxing this weekend in Upstate New York

A young man leaving a store in the Financial District in New York

My friend Thomas, a copywriter from Germany, is on vacation in the US at the moment. He already arrived about 8 weeks ago and spend his first weeks with a part of his family in Margaretville (which is about 4 hours drive north from New York City) working on their farm.
Thomas came to visit me in New York three days ago. He planed to stay for a week but left after his first day in New York to go back to Margaretville. He just couldn't stand the hectic life and the people in the city. It was kind of weired to see him reacting that way on New York because he is usually not the sort of person who is pissed of in such a way.

My friend told me about this small town of Margaretville with it's 600 inhabitants, the life in it and on the countryside. He got used to this mentality and the nature there so much that he didn't want to loose the energy he build up in these last weeks by having to deal with the New York way of life.

Anyway, I decided to visit him this weekend to see for myself. Since I have only been to New York within the States I am very curious to see such a small town in the countryside. And I guess a little break from all my "duties" won't hurt. I'll use this weekend to relax, hang out with Thomas and I somehow want to sort and clear my mind again. Looking back on what I did in the last 2 and a half months. Kind of a stopover to make sure my focus and my goals are set in the right direction. Thinking about which goals I have for my last three and a half months here and how to achieve them. Man, I hope two days will be enough for that. ;-)

I'll take the Greyhound bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 10:00 am and will arrive in Margaretville at about 01:30 pm. Let the rythm flow.

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June 30, 2005

People on the sidewalk

People on the sidewalk in Manhatten

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June 21, 2005

Smoke on Lexington Avenue

A man walking through smoke on Lexington Avenue

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June 20, 2005

Two men on 5th Avenue

Two men on 5th Avenue

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June 14, 2005

Going down to the subway on 116th Street

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June 09, 2005

A girl enjoying a sunny afternoon

A girl enoying a sunny afternoon in Brooklyn

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June 07, 2005

A woman waiting on the sidewalk

Woman waiting on the sidewalk while the Salute to Israel Parade marches by a few feet away

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June 04, 2005

Puerto Rican afternoon on East 10th street

Evelyn Rodriguez in front of her Puerto Rican painting she did about two years ago

Puerto Rican afternoon on East 10th street

Puerto Rican afternoon on East 10th street

I met Christian Lehner, the Austrian correspondent for FM4 (Austrian broadcast) this afternoon. We hang out in Tomkins Square Park talking about a lot of things. It was a quite nice and interesting meeting with him.
Afterwards I went on walking on 10th street until I met Evelyn Rodriguez. A in New York born Puerto Rican woman who was selling Puerto Rican flags, shirts and accessories. She was sitting with Puerto Rican friends on some folding chairs in the shadow of a tree on the street. Spanish music came out of a Radio, people stopped by, started to dance or just exchanged the latest gossip.
Mrs. Rodriguez told me that she did the painting (she is posing next to it in the first picture) herself about two years ago. They always use it when they do their block parties. The area around East 10th street is a rather Puerto Rican dominated area. A lot of Puerto Rican flags can be seen in windows, shops, on bicycles or flying on cars. People talk spanish everywhere and everyone seems to come together on the street on a sunny day. People take their music with them everywhere. Music comes out of shops, of cars and a lot of bicycles I saw had their own ghetto blaster fastend on them. Music is very important for Evelyn Rodriguez and her friends. It brings you in a good mood and problems become minor matters.
Next Sunday will be the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhatten. I'll definetly go there. It is promised to be one huge party with spanish music, food and dances.

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June 02, 2005

Noon on 6th Avenue

A group of teenage boys look after a girl on 6th Avenue in Manhatten New York

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June 01, 2005

Leapfrog in Brooklyn

A boy running on to a hydrant in Brooklyn

I actually took this picture last Sunday when I went to Brooklyn to see the Dance Africa Festival at BAM. The boy was running around the street when I saw him. I got my camera up while he started to run to a hydrant jumping over it. Three frames later the boys father called him to stop.

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May 26, 2005

Woman waiting for a cab on 5th Avenue

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May 23, 2005

Shadows of buisy people

Buisy people in Brooklyn Heights

Since my last two posts have been color photography I needed to post a black and white photo again. I do not feel very comfortable using color in my pictures. It doesn't mean I don't like color, I just personally find it very hard to do good looking color shots. I admire good color photography like the ones of Alex Webb who does not only do beautifull color photography but also has a very unique style. He is of course only one example that just came to my mind.

Since I had a realy nice and relaxing week with my girlfriend I will now focus more on my own photography again. Just updated my list of possible topics I want to work on. There is so much to do... Oh and yes the above photograph is dark. It's meant to be!

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May 11, 2005

Tourists snapping pictures on Times Square

Italian Tourists on Times Square

Tourists from Columbia on Times Square

German Tourists on Times Square

Tourists from India on Times Square

Tourists from India on Times Square

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May 09, 2005

Playing chess in Washington Square Park

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As mentioned in my last post I've been around Washington Square Park this weekend. When I came to the south east part of the park I saw quite a few people there playing chess. Most of them have been playing speed-chess against the clock. And there was one man playing chess with a boy who might have been about 10 years old. He didn't use a clock. I stopped and watched them playing two games before I asked to take some pictures. The boy's father came over while the third game was going on. They have been french tourists and already came there the day before to play chess with this guy called Norman.
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After the game finished I introduced myself to the man sitting on this small bench. We where talking for a while and Norman told me that he comes to the park every weekend, usually very early in the morning to try and catch his favourite table. Competitors are tough.
Norman told me that he's trying to make a few bucks through the game. He doesn't like speed-chess, he rather wants to teach chess. And if he loses a game he doesn't charge for it since he was not able to teach his students.
Norman is 58 and originaly came from Louisiana to New York. His parents moved here when he was still a kid. He asked me if I'd like to play a game of chess with him. I had to reject since I don't know how to play chess at all. He showed me the basic moves and I told him to come back next weekend to have my first lesson.

The following photographs show other people playing chess in Washington Square Park.

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May 05, 2005

Getting up and out of the subway

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May 01, 2005

Joe the man who's picture was taken a thousand times

Joe sitting on Union Square

A note pointing towards Bruce Davidson's photobook Subway
I met Joe today on Union Sqaure while taking pictures of the Mayday parade and protest march. After photographing a transparent lying on the ground just a few feet away from him he waved me to come over and just said: "You took my picture". I sat down on the ground next to him and told him that I was just taking a photo of that sign over there. He didn't realy believe me. One of the good things of shooting digital is that you have the possibility to show people the pictures you took on that little screen. I convinced him of the fact that I didn't take his picture and offert him a cigarette.

We where smoking this cigarett together and started to talk. He told me that everybody want's to take pictures of him. He has been photographed a thousend times already. People from the press took pictures of him, people who did books took pictures of him and tourists took pictures of him. Joe told me that he'd like to get some money if people use his photos to earn money theirselfs. Two lesbian women invited him once to their appartment in the East Village to take nude photos of him. He told me that he has no problem standing in the middle of the street getting naked and being photographed. He just didn't want to do that since he didn't want to get into troubles with the police.

We have been sitting on Union Square for about an hour and a half talking about our lifes. Joe worked in a Pizza restaurant originaly. He lost his job when they went bankrupt and was unable to find a new one. Joe told me about his wife and his father who died 10 years ago, we where talking about life on the street and about the opportunities homeless people have in New York to get a place to sleep and some food. Seems there are not many of them.

Suddenly he moved sidewards and pulled a sheet of paper out of his trousers, unfolded it and said: "Look this guy did also take my photo". Well there was Bruce Davidson's name written down. I told Joe that Bruce Davidson was a very famous photographer from the Magnum Photos agency and that he realy did a well known book about New Yorks subways. Joe never saw this book and he didn't meet Bruce Davidson. A Japanese girl once gave him this note and told him that he was in there. No matter if he is or not, he seemed happy to know that a famous photographer took a picture of him. He asked me if I would also take some photos of him, a thousand if I wanted to. I took a few frames and told him that I will get them printed for him. I might find Joe around Union Square. I should just give it a try...

I have to go to bed now, tomorrow will be my first day at Magnum. If you'd like to see some work of Bruce Davidson, the photographer mentioned above, visit his website here.
I'll be posting photos of the Mayday parade and protest march tomorrow.

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