Wednesday, August 14, 2019

31 Amazing Photos That Show Street Life in New York City in the 1940s



Fred Stein (1909-1967) was an early pioneer of the hand-held camera who became a gifted street photographer in Paris and New York after he was forced to flee his native Germany by the Nazi threat in the early 1930s. He explored the new creative possibilities of photography, capturing spontaneous scenes from life on the street. He was also a master portraitist, creating intimate images of many of the great personalities of the 20th century.

In the freedom of New York, the energy of the city infused Stein's work. He added the medium-format Rolleiflex, which takes pictures in a square format.

The city's cultural mix fit perfectly with his talents and concerns. He took to the streets and ranged from Harlem to Fifth Avenue, invigorated by the bustle and variety of the New World. He loved the American spirit; and as an outsider, he came to the various ethnic areas without preconceived ideas. He was able to see in the residents a style, humor and dignity that seems perfectly fresh, even today, as evidenced in "Little Italy" 1943.



Newspaper Hat, 1946



Girl in Car, 1947



Mt. Morris Park



Two Matrons, NY, 1948



Police Car, New York, 1942



Lunch Break, New York, 1947



Brooklyn boys, 1946



Post No Bills, NY, 1946



Dobbs, Fifth Avenue, NY, 1946



Ballfield, NY, 1946



Coney Island, 1946



Times Square Night, NY, 1947



Shoeshine, 1948



Nadinola, New York, 1944



Man on Bumper, NY, 1949



Thumbs Up, NY, 1944



Hydrant, 1947



Climbing Rocks, NY, 1948



Americans All, New York, 1943



Orchard Beach, New York, 1946



Man in Pushcart, NY, 1944



 Under the El, New York, 1949



Subway Steps, NY, 1943



Little Italy, New York, 1943



Chinatown, 1944



Bench, NY, 1941



Vaudeville, NY 1946



Snow White, 1946



Schoolboys, NY, 1944



Italy Surrenders, NY, 1943



Foley Square, NY, 1948




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