NEW YORK (1966-7) BY TOD PAPAGEORGE
New York in the Sixties was a city in serious decline: protests, riots, power blackouts, decay, dread and dirt were the norm.
Visually, though, it was a gold mine – flush with handmade signage, bold new fashion, colour, humour and recklessness.
Tod Papageorge arrived in the Big Apple in 1965, aged 25, and quickly fell in with a group of other young photographers who roamed the streets, from dawn until dusk, on the hunt for the best of the city’s idiosyncrasies. Papageorge consigned the carousel of vibrantly beautiful Kodachrome slides he took that year to a drawer, where they remained for 50 years. This month, though, he publishes them for the first time in a new book, Dr Blankman’s New York. steidl.de