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GRAND CENTRAL shows the people who make New York's beautiful Beaux Arts Grand Central Terminal the place it really is. Most of the passengers who pass through every day are suburban commuters on the way to work in the city, but there are others with more varied stories. I'm getting to know people who work there and make the place function, people helping others find jobs, people who've come to shop, people looking for grandchildren, people looking for grandparents, and the countless others who make GCT such a rich tapestry of life. Everyone is posed simply, in their own way, but with some details of Grand Central included. I expect to continue to photograph people in GCT for a number of years, and will share new images in the portrait gallery. I am beginning this kind of work in other places as well, and will let you know about it in this section.

 

EAST VILLAGE. Located from about Astor Place east to Avenue D, and about 14th Street down to Houston, New York's East Village was a first home for Irish, German, Jewish, Hispanic, Russian, and Eastern European immigrants of all kinds. The churches, building facades, and Russian baths are still there to remind us. Susan B. Anthony, Leon Trotsky, Dorothy Day, and W. H. Auden lived there. By the 1950s, it had become a kind of ragged edge of art, music, and culture. Artists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning moved in, to be joined later by Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Madonna lived in the East Village for a time, along with bluesman Leadbelly and jazz musicians Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. Photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Diane Arbus were there, and Robert Frank still is. CBGB, founded by Hilly Kristal (left), helped launch the rock careers of Patti Smith, Joey Ramone, and Blondie, and is very much alive today. I am just beginning a project in the East Village, exploring the connection of people today, and maybe a few of the ghosts, to this place. Please return once in a while, and I'll introduce you to some of them.

PLATINUM PRINTS! A photographic process dating to 1873, which produces glowing images with superb tonal rendition, an almost three-dimensional look, and archival qualities that insure they will be treasured for generations. A photographic negative is created in the same size as the final image and a contact print made on fine art paper that has been hand coated by the photographer with a mixture of platinum and palladium metals. Perhaps you have seen Alfred Stieglitz's portraits of Georgia O'Keefe; most of them are platinum prints. Only a handful of portrait photographers offer them today. Click on the image at left to learn more.