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