Black and White Street Photographs by Matt Weber

December 18, 2014

“No Reagan” Sign 1989

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

December 1, 2014

Hell’s Kitchen 1985

tenement-hell's-kitchenThe last one standing…

©Matt Weber

November 26, 2014

Lower East Side 1986

lower-east-sideI think these tenements were on or near East Houston Street.

©Matt Weber

November 23, 2014

The Bronx 1989

bronx-1980's-urbanblight©Matt Weber

November 21, 2014

Stripping Cars 1988

stripping-cars-nycAnother image from the good old days when your car could vanish instantly and then be stripped in broad daylight!

©Matt Weber

November 11, 2014

Urban Blight 1988

welfare-hotels-nyc-1980sThere were quite a few welfare hotels around Herald and Greeley Square back in the ’80s and this pictures is one of my better views of what the welfare kids did with their “spare time”

©Matt Weber

October 25, 2014

42d & 8th Ave, 1985

42-street©Matt Weber

October 24, 2014

“DEATH WISH 4″ 1987

42d-Street-DeathWish-matt-weber©Matt Weber

August 1, 2014

East 9th Street 1988

lower-east-side-matt-weberIf you were in the vicinity of 9th St & 3d Ave. back in the late 1980’s you may remember this fellow who was usually panhandling on the east side of third Ave…

©Matt Weber

July 6, 2014

“The Death of Photography”

death-of-photography-matt-weberRecently I was told by a very knowledgeable fellow that photography was dead, and that we had entered the post photography era, or something to that effect. Well maybe the fact that everyone has a camera and is photographing every single person on this planet, could have devalued the art slightly.

I’m not an expert on the business end, and I may be the worst business person on earth, but there has been a big change in actual prints and how they are sold. An Edward Weston pepper will still get furious bidding, but many other living photographers (Like myself) are finding it harder to sell even our best images….

Bla bla bla. I know this is old news.

©Matt Weber

June 26, 2014

Sutton Place 1987

Sutton-Place-matt-weberThis was a perfect example of how bad things were in New York during the ’80s. Sutton Place is one of the most prestigious addresses in the city and the canopy was like this for months. Even the high rents these “poor” folks paid couldn’t keep their building in tip top shape.

©Matt Weber

June 9, 2014

Riverside Park 1986

 

 

 

bkoken benchs-NYC-matt-weber

I think I photographed these benches as they were the perfect symbol of New York’s decline in the 1980’s. The parks were so unsafe that you might have been better off staying home, but in this case if you were willing to risk it, you couldn’t even find a place to read your paper…

©Matt Weber

May 22, 2014

“Junk Man” Harlem 1988

harlem-dog-jumps-junk-store-Matt-weberI never was able to make a perfect print of this image and now 26 years later, I think this scan will be able to pull it off…

©Matt Weber

May 12, 2014

“Trolley Entrance Queensboro Bridge” 1985

trolley-queensboro-bridge-matt-weberThere was a group of homeless fellows living on the 59th Street bridge thirty years ago, and the trolley entrance was yet to be removed for reasons unknown to me…

 

©Matt Weber

March 26, 2014

“Store For Sale” The Bronx 1986

bronx-store-for-sale-matt-weber©Matt Weber

Basketball Court Bronx 1987

Bronx-Basketball-Tenement-1987-matt-weber©Matt Weber

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