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Three decades worth of raw photographs exploring the streets of NYC uncovered

Late last year, photographer Carrie Boretz successfully funded the release of a book through Kickstarter.

Titled, STREET, New York City, The 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, the photographic tome unveiled more than three decades worth of images exploring the end of the era of “Old” New York – the city before it was cleaned up by Mayor Giuliani in the mid-late 90s.

Check out these incredible, previously unseen photos of NYC taken across the 70s, 80s and 90s.

“Boxes and boxes of my negatives were at best taking up shelf space in my apartment, collecting dust and not examined for years. Much of the work was unedited, un-published,” read Boretz’s Kickstarter.

“The majority of the photographs were taken on the streets of New York City, my hometown since the summer of 1975. After a few years of scanning, editing and designing, a book of NYC from the 1970’s through the 1990’s called STREET emerged from these long ago, developed, strips of Tri-X film.”

It didn’t take long for her to reach her goal of $37,500. A mere 235 backers pledged $40,055 to help bring this project to life (that’s an average of $170 each) and in October 2017, the book was released by powerHouse Books.

“I have always been more interested in the subtle and familiar moments of everyday life, not the big news stories,” Boretz said. “They are telling in different ways and just as powerful. Nothing was scripted but played out right before me. As Patti Smith once said,’You need no rational, no schooling. It’s love at first sight. You see something and you have to capture it. Instinctive, bang, you feel one with it.’”

This off-the-cuff style gives her photos an incredibly candid, intimate feel. They are raw and visceral, a snapshot of the everyday. Take a look at some of them below. You can buy the book here.

[via Far Out Mag]

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September 7, 2018

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