New York (Rizzoli, 2000)


by Mark Crosby

When Rizzoli's Universe Publishing asked me to photograph New York for a year and turn in an edit of my best shots for a book, I accepted the opportunity without hesitation, because I knew it would be a wonderful chance to share with so many others what I find so enthralling about this city.

Naturally, any self-respecting photography book on New York would cry out for its fair share of landmarks and skylines, and, to be sure, Universe and I compared notes early on about which ones the book should include. What would appear in the rest of the book was entirely up to me, however, and it was this material that interested me most. I say this because, while I enjoyed immensely the chance to photograph New York's landmarks, I far more enjoyed finding those serendipitous images that convey what it is like to actually dwell within and among the familiar icons of the world's most famous cityscape. So, you will find that this book is filled with people. They're packed into concert halls and opera houses, browsing in museums and galleries, eating at restaurants and cafes, participating in parades or marathons, or simply crossing the street - each photograph an evanescent gesture or expression portraying the city's surpassing ability to captivate and inspire anyone fortunate enough to spend time here.

On the other hand, being on foot amidst New York's miraculous architecture presented me with continually realigning juxtapositions of spires, facades, bridges, and statuary. And when these architectural elements are compounded by the changing play of ambient light, street light, and weather, they, too, have their fleeting and "never again" moments.

It has been a rare gift to be able to share with you through this book the best moments from a year of taking photographs (nearly 10,000) of New York and New Yorkers, and I am indebted to Universe and its publisher, Charles Miers, for the opportunity.