Last month we posted a series of photographs of London in the 1980s, from a new book by Johnny Stiletto. In response, one of our readers sent us a collection of images from New York, all taken by photographer Stanley Newton. We decided to showcase them here.
The photographs were sent to us by designer Julie Parker. They were taken during the late 1960s, and like Stiletto’s images present a vision of a rather different New York to today’s city. “The pictures represent a good stroll through the city when the neighbourhoods were still clearly defined,” says Parker, “and I think they are a great example of Stanley’s ability to tell a good story with his portraits.” The photos feature iconic New York places, such as MoMA, the Met, and the Rockefeller Center, as well as scenes shot on the subway and in Central Park.
In front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Inside the lobby of the United Nations Building
As with the vintage London images, it is the fashions and graphic design within the images that most give away their age. Yet, while much as changed, some things have remained the same. “The Feast of San Gennaro [featured in the image below] is still celebrated every September on Mulberry Street,” says Parker. “When I look at these photos I can still smell the sausages and peppers cooking and taste the zeppole (small rounds of fried dough dusted with powdered sugar – a once-a-year indulgence).”
The Feast of San Gennaro (Little Italy)
Central Park – Bethesda Fountain, hanging out
Central Park Mall (Literary Walk) – Steel band in front of Von Schiller Statue
Bobby in Central Park
Downtown tenements, crossing paths
Orchard Street fellow holding court
Rockefeller Center – A family visits at Christmas
Stanley Newton was born in the Bronx, and took these photographs with a F-series Nikon. He now resides in Los Angeles and his work includes editorial layouts for various corporations and film studios, and he has also photographed for several non-profit organisations, including Feed the Children. He has exhibited various series of his photographs, but his New York street photos have not been shown before. More of Newton’s work can be viewed online at stanleynewtonphoto.com.
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