1/250th at F2, ISO 3200 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
1/500th at F7.1, ISO 800 (28mm).
1/100th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (50mm).
1/500th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
On the right is my corner deli.
1/320 at F13, ISO 400 (190mm).
1/250th at F2.2, ISO 3200 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
Hordes of street photographers have been intrigued with the newsstand workers going all the way back to the kids on the corner with the newsboy caps hawking papers. They create graphic photos with the colorful candy and magazines starkly contrasted by the monotonous gaze of the usually immigrant workers. I think that's the reason why I've stayed away from photographing these guys. This has all been done before, many times.
I photographed Jerry Delakas last week more because he's been such a unique neighborhood fixture for so long and less because of the newsstand.
But this one I couldn't turn down. I've always thought of the New York newsstand as sort of a jail of candy. You have these people who left their countries for a better life and this is where they ended up. Many of them were educated. You had to be intelligent to be able to escape your country for a better life. And all for this, to be able to hawk the same trashy food and magazines day after day. They must hate this stuff.
Most newsstands at least have daylight and a place to hide for a second to pick your nose or something. And you're allowed to step out for a second to have a smoke. If I worked in a newsstand everyday I would definitely smoke.
But this one was located underground in the 42nd street subway station. Stuck there with no sunlight and the heat of summer day after day. Of all the newsstands that I've seen in New York this one is the closest to a jail that I've ever seen.
1/1000th at F10, ISO 1600 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
Is street photography art? Well you know my answer to that question at least.
If you look closely you can see some amazing buildings in the background. On the left is the newly completed New York building by Frank Gehry, the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. In the background you can see the almost completed One World Trade Center building, the most expensive building in the world, estimated to cost around $3.8 billion.
In front of that is the Manhattan Municipal Building and the Woolworth Building to the left. On the bottom right you can see some graffiti through the mesh.
1/60th at F2, ISO 3200 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
1/320th at F2, ISO 3200 (35mm) - Fuji X100.