Monday, March 21, 2016

25 Striking Color Photographs of New York City from between the 1950s and 1970s

These stunning photographs of New York City from between the 1950s and 1970s were taken by some of masters of photography including: Bruce Davidson, Ernst Haas, Saul Leiter, Helen Levitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Marvin Newman, and numerous others. The photographs feature the visual spirit of New York through a wide array of vibrant, romantic, graphic, and consistently colorful images that describe the city in ways not achievable through a monochromatic palette.

It was not until the 1950s that color film offered an accessible artistic medium; prior to that time color photography was a medium primarily confined to fashion, advertising and low quality family snapshots. In fact, there was resistance to color photography in the artistic community and a distinct bias against its use by many in the field. But over the next few decades, as the visual environment of New York increased in intensity as a result of the convergence of commerce and technology, advances in color photography kept pace and a new acceptance for the medium evolved. Many photographers began to experiment with color and the results were striking.


El, 1954 (Saul Leiter)

14th Street, New York, NY, 1947-48 (Louis Faurer)

Taxi, 1957 (Saul Leiter)

New York, NY, c.1950 (Louis Faurer)

Locksmith's Sign, NYC, 1952 (Ernst Haas)

Antonia + Yellow Taxi, New York, 1962 (William Klein)

San Gennaro Festival IV, 1952 (Marvin Newman)

New York Subway, 1966 (Danny Lyon)

Coney Island I, 1953 (Marvin Newman)

Pedestrian in rain on 42nd Street, New York City, 1964 (Burt Glinn)

Lord + Taylor, 1956 (Frank Paulin)

The band standing on top of liquor cabinet, Half Note Bar, New York City, 1959 (Burt Glinn)

Times Square, 1955 (Erwin Blumenfeld)

Gogo dancer and jukebox, New York, 1968 (Micha Bar-Am)

Reade Street, New York City, c.1955 (Erwin Blumenfeld)

Thunderbolt Rollercoaster, Coney Island, NY, c.1950s (Jerry Dantzic)

46th Street, New York City, 1974 (Joel Meyerowitz)

Don Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo, West 4th Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961 (Don Hunstein)

Broadway, New York City, 1971 (Erich Hartmann)

Policeman 59th Street, New York City, 1964 (Evelyn Hofer)

Wall Street V, 1956 (Marvin Newman)

Young Velvets, Young Prices, Hat Fashions, 1949 (Norman Parkinson)

Easter Parade, Rockefeller Center, New York City, 1964 (Joel Meyerowitz)

Camel Coats, New York City, 1975 (Joel Meyerowitz)

New York, c.1972 (Helen Levitt)

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