A New York that no longer existsTimes Square | NY in the 80s 38 | Steven Siegel |
“1980s-era New York was an edgier, riskier, dirtier, tenser, more dangerous and chaotic place” says Steven Siegel, a photographer who has been chronicling New York City for over forty years. Siegel grew up in the shadow of the New York skyline, just over the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. The city was a part of his earliest memories: its presence was inescapable. In the mid-1970s, he began the first of many teenage trips across the bridge — with his camera.
His work from the late 1970s, throughout the 1980s, chronicles a city that we simply don’t see anymore. There was nowhere he didn’t visit or photograph. “Some of my photos from that era were taken from the tops of bridges and within city-owned properties that were nominally closed off to the public. In that era, many of