NYC Street Photography by Matt Weber

January 11, 2014

“WATCH” 2013

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January 2, 2014

Henry Chalfant & Joe-136 (Print Scan)

henry-chalfant-matt-weberToday is Henry Chalfant’s birthday. I took this picture twenty years ago on my old block. He is standing in front of the building which Robert Duvall use to live in. The thing is, even though Henry is the foremost expert on NYC grafitti, his expertise really started a few years after I had stopped writing. He was nice enough to pose next to this Joe-136 tag which meant a lot more to me, than it did to him! The tag was only visible after a hard long rain. Then it would appear magically like a Polaroid photo to remind me of 1971 when I would keep track of what was being written on those subway walls and tenement halls…

November 22, 2013

NYC 1988

jfk-barbershop-nyc-1988-matt-weberMy only memories of November 22d 1963 are that I was sitting in front of large black & white TV trying desperately to find my favorite show,” Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse”.  Five years later the RFK assassination found me once again in front of a TV and watching him murdered, was and is one of my most indelible childhood memories…

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June 4, 2013

Firebird 1988

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January 21, 2013

Self Portrait 2012

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January 19, 2013

“Leica Noctilux F1″ Christmas 2012

Sean-Arianna-2012 copy

A friend was kind enough to lend me her 50mm F1 Noctilux so I could do a few test exposures. I had never used one before. It is heavy and the one attribute which it has is that at F1 it turns everything but the subject, into total mush…

I like it but doubt I’ll ever have the extra $$$ laying around to buy one.

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November 28, 2012

“Eyes” Flatbush Ave. 1988

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September 29, 2012

Mike Peters 2012

Me and Mike entered this small room which was the type of “Art” that you have to experience, in order to experience…

 

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August 21, 2012

“Nashalina in Action” Central Park 2011

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Nashalina’s Portraits

August 15, 2012

Perplexed” 2011

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August 9, 2012

“A Spectacle” 2004 (New Scan)

Here’s a much better scan as promised…

 

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June 12, 2012

“Stay High-149″ R.I.P.

Yesterday on June 11th 2012 Wayne Roberts A.K.A.  Stay High 149 died. In the world of graffiti it is hard to put into words how important Wayne was to a culture which most people don’t understand. I’m sometimes surprised that stuff we did forty years ago has gone global and infiltrated everything including the corporate world. TV shows and movies have “experts” come on to their shoots and try and duplicate the writing from different eras. They usually fail badly. Meanwhile hundreds if not thousands of teenagers and kids all across the five boroughs tried to come up with a tag that wouldn’t pale in comparison to Stay High’s…Once again, most failed. Many people wanted to stop graffiti and the majority of the stuff one would see, was indeed crap. Stay High-149′s tag was art, buried like a needle in a haystack amongst the scribble scrabble of his younger fans. Wayne’s tag was never topped in almost half a century of attempts by what now may now be millions of guys and gals across this planet!

I was lucky enough to watch him in action back in ’74 and he made me feel silly for what I thought was a respectable tag at the time. His other tag “Voice of the Ghetto” while not as spectacular, was every bit as true as Stay High was. He was a voice for all the aspiring artists as they toyled with their black books, hoping to come up with their own iconic logos…

©Matt Weber

June 3, 2012

Self Portrait 1990

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May 11, 2012

“The Passenger” 1988

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March 25, 2012

“Portrait” 2011

I don’t take many portraits, but this one seemed better than most of my attempts…

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August 15, 2011

“Family Portrait” Central Park 2011

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