Black and White Street Photographs by Matt Weber

December 20, 2014

Winter 1987

**CPW-Snow-Trees-ChevyTaxi-1987 copyIt’s hard to believe that I have been shooting with a digital camera for almost a year now! There are a few advantages but then I come across an old negative like this, and the whole film vs digital argument instantly reappears, and ends immediately, with one glance…

©Matt Weber

December 19, 2014

“The Last 1960’s Taxi in New York City” 1985

Candyman-PlymouthTaxi-1985 copy©Matt Weber

LTD II Taxicab 1988

LTD-TAXI-1988 copyThe Crown Vic taxis appeared in ’81 and before that we had these bad boys which were as big as Cadillacs!

December 18, 2014

“No Reagan” Sign 1989

L.E.S.-NO-RAYGUN-1989

December 16, 2014

LIFSCHULTZ Sign West Side Highway 1989

Lifschultz-EmpireState-1989 copyTook this one stuck in traffic…

©Matt Weber

December 14, 2014

“The YALE Truck” West Side Highway 1985

YALE-Truck-1986 copy©Matt Weber

Laundry 1989

LongLaundryLine-1989 copy©Matt Weber

December 11, 2014

Another Black & White Memory “La Tacita de Oro” 1986

100thSt-LaTacitaDeORO-1986 copyI know this total hyperbole but I once heard that the Beasty Boys lived upstairs in this adorable wooden house on West 100th St. Regardless of who lived there, this building was still in its 19th century elegance when I took this photo. I think there may be a modern restaurant called the Metro Diner there now…

©Matt Weber

December 10, 2014

“Double Dutch” Harlem 1988

DoubleDutch-Harlem-1988 copy©Matt Weber

December 9, 2014

The Turtles of the 79th Street Rotunda

Matt-79st-Turtles!029 copy©Matt Weber

December 7, 2014

No Helmets 1988

no-helmets-kids-bicyclesAlmost impossible to see kids riding a bike without helmets these days…

©Matt Weber

December 3, 2014

“Sex, Drugs & Rock N Roll” 1985

sex-drugs-times-squareIn 1973 I stopped taking photographs for reasons which I will not explain, but in December of 1984  I bought an AE-1 Canon and a 50mm lens and started to photograph New York, most often while I was driving my yellow cab. This image was pushed heavily (Probably 3200) since I figured that was the way to go, and to be honest, I never became very good at developing film. Printing was different, but I guess my fear to develop film by inspection with a green safelight, left me guessing, and more often than not, the results were just passable…

Lower East Side 1989 (Who is this Photographer?)

beckerman-ilford-matt-weberCould I have taken a picture of Dave Beckerman 16 years before I met him and became good friends with one of New York’s most dedicated photographers?

 

Dave says no, so he remains unknown, like the famous soldier…

 

©Matt Weber

December 1, 2014

Hell’s Kitchen 1985

tenement-hell's-kitchenThe last one standing…

©Matt Weber

November 30, 2014

Bowling at the Beacon 1989

beacon-bowling=alley©Matt Weber

“Stubbie” 1989

EmpireFireHydrant-1989 copyThese old fat hydrants were patented in 1909 and installed in the mid-twenties. They were removed in 1993 for reasons which had to do with water pressure…

©Matt Weber

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