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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.

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