He soon landed a job as a staff photographer for Life magazine, which lasted into the early 1960s.
In that time, he had the opportunity to shoot all kinds of people and places. He’s known for his sweeping black and white vistas of the city skyline, buildings, and industry.
But it’s his color photos of 1950s Times Square that capture something magical and luminous.
The eerie glow of billboard lights, sidewalks slick with rain, and faceless bodies milling about under theater marquees depict Times Square’s midcentury beauty and mystery.
“I see the city as a living organism: dynamic, sometimes violent, and even brutal,” he reportedly said.
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