Jay Maisel is known for his lush color images of the world, but his newest book is black and white photographs of New York in the 1950’s. He has been prowling New York capturing the pulse of the city longer than most photographers have been alive. He is still out there photographing New York with the same enthusiasm today.
He writes….“I have been shooting New York for over 60 years now. And though I have achieved age, I can safely say I have never made my way to maturity so I have never been jaded or bored. I think all this is due to the grittiness and hectic quality of the city, you never capture it, it captures you.”
His New York in the 50’s book is a wonderful counterpoint to his gorgeous color work. These insightful black and whites evoke times gone by without sentimentality but with sensitivity. It is a really great book. You can order it on his website: http://www.jaymaisel.com/2014/06/20/new-york-in-the-50s/