Glamour and grit: NYC in the work of seven photographers

Couples, drunks, crazies, protests: seven participants of a street photographers’ collective talk about how to live in New York, and how to photograph and understand the Capital of the World.

New York City Street Photography Collective (NYC-SPC) is a group of 21 passionate street photographers. The collective was founded by Jorge Garcia in early 2015 to exchange ideas and experiences and to promote the art of shooting streets.

They regularly produce zines and organize exhibitions to highlight photographs from their members or talents they discover. Meetings are held monthly and open to anyone interested in this genre.

They are planning to establish a gallery, offer educational programs, provide access to camera and lab equipment and just host more events.

Jorge Garcia
Freelance photographer from Miami, lived in New York. He shots on Leica M6, Olympus XA2 (film), Leica M240, and Ricoh GRII (digital).

— I was inspired to start the collective by the Photo League — a cooperative of photographers in New York which was active from 1936 to 1951 and included some of the most noted American authors of the mid-20th century.

I wanted to be a part of a local community that was committed to street photography, and at the time, I couldn’t find any. So I decided to start my own and invited like-minded individuals to get involved.

The saying “You are the sum of the people you surround yourself with” really resonated with me and I figured, if I wanted to be a better street photographer, I should spend time with other street photographers.

The goal was simple: to meet other street shooters, look at each other’s work, give feedback, and hang out.

Read next my interview with Jorge and other member of the NYC-SPC in the Bird In Flight online magazine. There is also a Russian language version.

Cover photo: Youngjae Lim.