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The New Yorkers

The New Yorkers is a color photography book of my New York City street pictures.

The New Yorkers is a color photography book of my New York City street pictures, shot on Kodachrome, from the late 70's - 2000.

To complete The New Yorkers, I plan to print a first edition of 1000 copies. I hope to raise and additional $9000 to cover the remianing costs of printing and shipping the 1000 copies to New York City.

I've raised another $5000 in the last few weeks thanks to your generous support. I so appreciate this.

The New Yorkers will shortly be a 128 page 8 1/2 x 11" hardcover book with 88 color images.

The design by Patty Fabricant has been completed, the new cover you can see above and the paper and images are being tested for color at the printer.

In four weeks the book will be on press and soon after that it will be on its way to New York.

All funds contributed here on Fractured Atlas can be used for production directly related to the completing book.
Please give what ever you can. I'm almost there. The deposit for the printing has already been sent to secure press time at the end of January.

Please give what ever you can. I'm almost there.

Artist's Statement

The New Yorkers is a collection of my 30 years of color street photography. It is a document of the ever changing New York that I love and want to share with a wider audience. Many of the images were made in Soho, Little Italy, Tribeca, Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side in the 1980’s and 90’s. It documents a New York that has now almost disappeared. At that time, these neighborhoods were a mixture of three distinct groups: the people who had lived and worked there for many years and had their ethnic background in common, the artists who came in search of affordable living and studio space, and finally the more well to-do who instigated the process of gentrification with the seemingly inevitable exile of the original inhabitants. It was a time when graffiti was an integral part of the landscape, and the clash of cultures created a cacophony of voices.

These photos tell an authentic story of New York City: not a series of skyline cliches but real New Yorkers living and working in their own neighborhoods. As someone living alongside them and also struggling to make a living, I identified with the fragile vulnerability of the subjects of my photos. The New York I saw was not the hip, glamorous place depicted in fashion magazines or Hollywood movies. New York was the lives of overlooked, anonymous people struggling to endure in this harsh yet vibrant city.

For me, the book is a record of my personal journey to understand my place in the city of my birth and the one I chose to live in as an adult. It has taken me almost 30 years to be able to create a narrative from all the photos I took. It is a photographic exploration reflected in the faces of my fellow city dwellers and their environment. Some were survivors, some were crushed by the city, and some were just living day to day, from paycheck to paycheck. It took strength to survive: I too had to develop a sense of self and learn how to thrive and grow. Through the lens of my camera, my vulnerability met theirs at the moment of exposure: a photograph of someone whose heart is open to a stranger's camera says more about a New Yorker than I ever can in say in words.

"Few photographers have the eye, the grace and the ability to really see, in order to make great street images. Robert Herman has all those qualities, along with a driving passion to more fully realize his own aesthetic. I felt I was looking at a soulful, dead-on look at the city I was born in. His project is so fully realized, so sophisticated and compelling." Stella Kramer, Pulitzer Prize winning photo editor for The New York Times

In addition, A first edition signed copy can be pre-ordered on my website:
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Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1955, Robert Herman grew up on Long Island. At the age of twelve, he began working as an usher at a cinema owned by his parents. Exposure to such a wide range of films during his formative years provided him with a unique vision: “Working for my father allowed me to view the same movie repeatedly,” he recalls, “until the story line began to recede and the images became independent of the narrative." Several years later, as a student at New York University Film School, Herman began by making experimental narrative and documentary films. Concurrently, he also started to study still photography and began shooting pictures on the streets of New York. As a production still photographer on independent feature films, Herman discovered the life at the periphery of film locations was more compelling than the film sets. His love and practice of street photography has continued to this day. Robert’s bold use of light, composition, and subject matter transforms the seemingly mundane into something transcendent in a photograph.

Robert’s successful kickstarter campaign for The New Yorkers garnered support from backers from all over the world and helped complete the first phase of production. Although he received numerous offers from publishers he has decided to self-publish and make a book that retains his aesthetic and vision for the work.

Robert Herman has a BFA in filmmaking from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received his Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His work is part of the permanent collections of the George Eastman House and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA. His photographs are also in many private collections including Westin Hotels and Resorts and the Marriott Hotels. His work has been exhibited across the United States including the Museum of Modern Art, the galleries of the Savannah College of Art & Design and most recently images from the New Yorkers were exhibited at Istanbul Photography Museum.

Again,any help to offset the final costs of completing The New Yorkers would so timely and so appreciated.

Thanks so much for all the love and support you've all shown through this long, difficult project that is finally nearing completion.



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Raised $10,000