Cars, New York City 1974–1976: Beautiful, Haunting Series And Photobook By Langdon Clay

From 1974 to 1976, Langdon Clay (born 1949) photographed the cars he encountered while wandering the streets of New York City and nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, at night. Shot in Kodachrome with a Leica and deftly lit with then-new sodium vapor lights, the pictures feature a distinct array of makes and models set against the gritty details of their surrounding urban and architectural environments, and occasionally the ghostly presence of people. ‘I experienced a conversion of sorts in making a switch from the ‘decisive moment’ of black and white to the marvel of color, a world I was waking up to every day. At the time it seemed like an obvious and natural transition. What was less obvious was how to reflect my world of New York City in color … I discovered that night was its own color and I fell for it.’ – Langdon Clay

Cars, New York City 1974–1976: Beautiful, haunting series and photobook by Langdon Clay

Cars, New York City 1974–1976: Beautiful, haunting series and photobook by Langdon Clay

Cars, New York City 1974–1976: Beautiful, haunting series and photobook by Langdon Clay

Cars, New York City 1974–1976: Beautiful, haunting series and photobook by Langdon Clay

Cars, New York City 1974–1976: Beautiful, haunting series and photobook by Langdon Clay
Exhibition at the Polka Galerie, Paris (Oct. 2017)

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