Raymond Depardon “Manhattan Out”

manhattanout3Late in 1980 French photographer, photojournalist and documentary maker Raymond Depardon arrived in New York, visiting a friend and with time to kill he roamed the wild streets of this once notoriously dangerous city with only his trusty Leica for company. Deciding upon capturing the essence of this city by taking pictures without thought, preparation or even using the viewfinder of his camera, Depardon caught the grit, displaced glamour and rawness of this truly vibrant city in it’s most exciting of times.

Strangely disappointed with his work, the photographs remained buried for almost 30 years, upon rediscovering his ‘lost’ work, Depardon realised that most of his subjects were infact aware of his camera and their knowing glances embody the unique, raw beauty of this collection of period photography. This rather stunning book from heavyweight artbook gurus, Steidl Publishers, captures a time and place in New York’s legendary ‘gritty’ history that we all too often fantasise about.

Purchase Manhattan Out HERE.

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~ by djtapedek on July 17, 2009.

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