The vibrant street life and people of New York City's Lower East Side and Upper West Side in the 1950s and 1960s are presented in this fascinating series and new book of black-and-white photographs by Jonathan Brand.
A census taker, and later an advertising copywriter, Brand chronicled life as he encountered it on his walks through the city. The book offers over 100 striking images of New Yorkers engaged in everyday pursuits, from the Bowery to Riverside Park, juice stands and barbershops to the theatre in the streets.
With an introduction by Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, this is the first book from a photographer who developed his art alongside many of the best-known in his discipline. Brand's photographs capture the energy, odd juxtapositions, and intimate moments of life in mid-century New York City.
Jonathan Brand has been photographing daily life since 1956. A native New Yorker and Vermonter, he has also lived and worked in Scandinavia and Portland, Oregon. He developed his photography through study with some of the most accomplished photographers of his day: Richard Avedon, Garry Winogrand, David Vestal, and Bruce Davidson. An acute observer of street life as well as everyday family rhythms, Brand has captured public and private moments in arresting images.