Robert Herman has been a street photographer since his days as an NYU film student back in the late ’70s. Using his father’s Nikon F and a 50mm lens, he began by exploring the city as a means to connect with the people in his neighborhood and learn the craft of making images. His photos of New York City, shot between 1978-2005 on Kodachrome, are now collected in his first monograph: “The New Yorkers”.

These vibrant color photographs celebrate the daily parade of life and color and light on the streets of New York as only a true artist and longtime New Yorker can capture. This book is a remarkable time capsule and a reminder of the rich vitality of street photography. The saturated colors make us long for the days of Kodachrome film.

Herman used street photography as a means of personal therapy as he struggled with what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder. The results are a gift to us all.

In an excellent interview with The New York Times Lens Blog, Herman said:

“I felt like a very vulnerable person. Photography was my intermediary between me and the world. I was trying to find peace wandering the city. After a while you get in a Zen space and the world slows down. And when you’re an outsider, you notice things that other people just walk by.”

Highly recommended.

— Jim Casper

The New Yorkers
by Robert Herman