Black and White Photos Capture the Urban Grit of 1980s New York City

New York City during the 1980s was an entirely different kind of city than it is today. In his collection of work, street photographer Richard Sandler spent much of the decade capturing the urban grit found along the busy sidewalks, bustling street corners, and crowded subway trains throughout the city.

Through his lens, Sandler captured a range of emotions, from the energy and life of the metropolis to the isolation that a single person could feel even when surrounded by hundreds of people. Sandler chose to shoot mainly with film, which added a bit of grain to the grit of the graffiti-covered walls, the homeless men and women, the political conventions, and the everyday life of New York residents and visitors.

His black and white images are filled with a colorful portrayal of an immensely diverse city with a broad range of styles, cultures, and trends that are characteristic of NYC’s charm. “You are recording your time. You are looking for trends,” says Sandler. “If you are in the street, you see it. You see everything on the street.”

Richard Sandler’s website

November 30, 2016

Interview: Fearless Dancers Bare All to Strike Vibrant Poses Under City Lights

For photographer Jordan Matter, humans have always been a subject of fascination. Even after accumulating multiple accolades, filming headshots for countless celebrities, and having his work featured on major media outlets such as the Today Show and the BBC, Matter demonstrates that there is always more of humanity to discover and celebrate.

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November 29, 2016

New Dad Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer Makes Every Moment Count With His Young Son

Like many people, Jay Clark and his partner Caroline Donoghue longed to be parents. With a lot of hope and rounds of IVF treatments, they learned in 2015 that their wish had come true—they were expecting a healthy baby boy. But just three months before their son’s due date, the couple received some devastating news. After intense stomach pains and jaundice skin, Clark was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer.

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