Project Statement

A friend once told me, “If you stand in New York for five minutes, you’ve seen it change”. Before September 11th, iPhones and Facebook there was the world of Gotham. These photographs, originally shot on the streets of New York City in 1997 as feature photographs for the “front of the book” section of New York Magazine (from which this series gets it’s name), are a time capsule of 1990’s street life. Focusing on simple, everyday moments, like urban fairy tales, one sees longing, innocence and a human desire to live and be together. Shot on black and white film, using a large format 8”x10” camera, these images, even then, seemed like dated moments of a time gone by, yet they were not. The closest we get to time travel is seeing our present moment as the past and the past as the present.