Synopses & Reviews
New York in Color
presents the best color photography of New York over the last century. From its iconic landmarks like Times Square and Coney Island to the visual poetry of its streets and skyline, New York presents an ever-changing visual collage best seen in color. Here, neon lights define the spirit of the night, a young Bob Dylan lingers in the snows of Greenwich Village, subway trains are rolling murals, and New Yorkers of every era become dramatic actors on the worldand#8217;s greatest stage. Presenting workand#8212;much of it unknownand#8212;by major photographers, including such masters as Andrand#233; Kertand#233;sz, William Klein, Helen Levitt, and Joel Meyerowitz, New York in Color
is destined to be a classic photographic survey of the worldand#8217;s most visually vibrant city.
Praise for New York in Color:
and#8220;Even in black-and-white, New Yorkand#8217;s colors come through. They do so more vividly in New York in Color, a stunning, color-only anthology.and#8221; and#8212;New York Times
and#8220;Shamis . . . is to be praised not only for his selections but also for the fine sequencingand#8212;we see a picture of Coney Island circa 1902, for instance, right before another circa 1956and#8212;that adds to our appreciation of the individual images.and#8221; and#8212;William Meyers, Wall Street Journal
and#8220;The two hundred images represent a visual conversation about New York, one that is inflected with everything from soft, pastel hues to jolting reds and yellows. There is grit and grace, lightness and laughter. And, yes, tragedyand#8212;a selection of images near the end is devoted to the World Trade Center.and#8221; and#8212;New York Times Lens Blog
and#160;and#8220;Offer[s] a rare glimpse of colorful city life. . . . Flipping through the book shows that New York City life was never grayand#8221; and#8212;New York Post
and#8220;A fantastic collection and the perfect gift book for anyone who loves the city or fine photography.and#8221; and#8212;Connecticut Post
and#8220;Thereand#8217;s no shortage of iconic black-and-white New York images. What you may be less familiar with, however, is the cityand#8217;s rich history of color photography. This history is the subject of curator Bob Shamisand#8217;s stunning new coffee-table book, New York in Color, which is filled with some two hundred vibrant photos from the past hundred years.and#8221; and#8212;PureWow.com
About the Author
Bob Shamis is a photographic historian, independent curator, and photographer. From 1998 to 2006 he was the curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, where he organized many exhibitions. He lives in New York City.