Back in 2000, my wife gave me a copy of “Drive-By Shootings,” a curious collection of black and white photographs snapped by a gent named David Bradford, a New York City taxi driver. While that might sound somewhat shticky and predictable, Bradford’s pictures were actually quite striking, capturing New York City’s many moods and faces. I believe there have been further editions of his work published since then, and it’s well worth investigating, if you’re a fan of street photography.
In any case, I stumbled upon this little nine-minute film about Bradford this afternoon. It’s a pretty self-explanatory profile, but what I was so struck by was how comparatively deserted the city streets look — and this was only shot in 1997. To me, that doesn’t feel like that long ago, but I suppose it was.
Another nice aspect of the clip is spotting locales that no longer exist like, for example, the old Broadway incarnation of Canal Street Jean Co. above.
Anyway, check it out below. The soundtrack is pretty dreadful, but it’s easily enough ignored...