richard sandler has been photographing new york street life for decades

In his new photobook 'The Eyes of the City,' street photographer Richard Sandler unearths the forgotten faces of New York

by Tish Weinstock
Nov 16 2016, 2:20pm

CC Train, NYC, 1982 © Richard Sandler

Street photographer Richard Sandler has been recording the world around him by making raw, brutal, and uncompromising images since 1977, having been given a Leica camera by chance. After a few years shooting around Boston, he moved back to his hometown of New York City. It was the 80s and crime and crack were on the rise; the effects on places like Times Square, Harlem, and the East Village were devastating — a far cry from the wealth and opulence of Manhattan's Upper East Side. 

Hasid and Hipster, NYC, 2001 © Richard Sandler 

When the city's urban and socio-political fabric underwent massive changes, Richard was there to capture it all. The results of Richard's decade-spanning endeavors have been pieced together in a new book, which includes many never-before-printed images. From the anonymous masses in Grand Central Terminal to Orthodox Jews on the subway, The Eyes of the City is a tribute to the unrecognized ghosts of New York's past.

E. 34th St., NYC, 1980 © Richard Sandler 

W. 32nd St., NYC, 1983 © Richard Sandler 

Grand Central Terminal, NYC, 1990 © Richard Sandler 

Waiting Line, Studio 54, NYC, 1981 © Richard Sandler 

Two Faces, 5th Ave., NYC, 1989 © Richard Sandler 

The Eyes of the City by Richard Sandler is published by Powerhouse books.


Text Tish Weinstock

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