Mark Futral has photographed Upper West Siders for decades, and he sent us some of his shots from the 1970s and 80s, along with some information on how he got into street photography.
“I used to walk on Broadway and just photograph the denizens of the Upper West Side, people working, walking and hanging out. I used both a 35mm camera and a 2.5 twin lens reflex to take the photos.
I have lived at various places on the upper west side, mostly on West End Avenue, from 90th to 102nd Streets since the mid 1970’s. I took up street photography with a borrowed 35 mm camera in the late 1960’s when I moved to Manhattan’s lower east side from the Bronx. When I settled on the Upper West Side and finally bought my own camera, I enjoyed prowling the streets on Broadway to photograph the interesting characters and denizens of the neighborhood. Living on West End Avenue, it was generally quiet and sedate but when you headed up to Broadway, there was always a bazaar like atmosphere filled with all kinds of people as the neighborhood was very diverse which appealed to me. I enjoyed taking candid shots but also liked to stop people on the street to ask them to pose for the camera and most, if not all, readily complied. I have been retired since 2014 and I still walk along Broadway today taking photos, which is one of my favorite things to do.”
See his photos below:
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