Longtime Upper West Sider Stephen Harmon has been carrying his camera around the neighborhood for decades, capturing the unique spirit and style of the people here. His photos have been featured in several shows and are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society and several other institutions.
He explained how he used to get his shots, long before the city was saturated in selfies and Instagram photos.
“I was looking to capture the unique ‘look’ of the time. I loved photographing people and talking with them and asking them to let me photograph them. I used a Nikon single lens reflex, either with Kodachrome slide film or 400 ASA color film. I was a self taught photographer, who studied the greats, such as Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz and Atget, and I learned from their styles and hopefully developed my own style.”
Steve gave us permission to post some of his photos from the 70’s and 80’s so that our readers could check them out and reminisce. We’ll plan to post bunches of them over the coming days and weeks. Enjoy, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Man, I really wish some of these styles would come back!
If you have old photos of the neighborhood, you can participate in our Throwback Thursday series.