New York City Based Architecture/Interiors and Portrait Photographer

We recently shot artist Darinka Novitovic Chase (known by many from Cafe Florent) for the Downtown Portraits Project just outside the Danziger Gallery on Rivington Street, not far from her home and around the corner from Cafe Katja, her husband’s new restaurant on Orchard Street.

Darinka Chase

The downtown portraits are moving along well. Recently we paid a visit to artist/photographer Dietmar Busse’s studio on Lexington Avenue, had a look at his work and his new book, then climbed up to the rooftop to shoot this portrait.

If you don’t know Dietmar’s work you should:

Dietmar Busse

A studio visit is a must and perhaps you can’t leave without falling in love with one or more of his pieces.

Dietmar Busse on his rooftop in Murray Hill

Dietmar Busse on his rooftop in Murray Hill

While the Single Story Project is moving along well we’ve also undertaken shooting on a project nearly a year in the planning – the Downtown Portraits

In this project we are photographing long term residents of downtown Manhattan, artists, writers, musicians, shop owners, weirdos, the “creative types” that were drawn to NY’s downtown neighborhoods and have held root here making their homes and withstanding the forces of gentrification that have been smoothing the culture these neighborhoods were traditionally known for.

Like Single Story this project is shot on black and white film in a large format view camera but for this series we are shooting 8×10. We like portraits on 8×10 film : )

Mary on Bond St

Mary on Bond St


Tammy and Evan on East 4th St

Tammy and Evan on East 4th St

Tammy on East 4th St

The New York Times

The Photographer Capturing Downtown New York’s Single-Story Buildings — Before They’re Gone

As cookie-cutter condominiums and starchitect-designed towers continue to crowd the Lower Manhattan skyline, try the photographer Adam Friedberg, purchase a 25-year resident of the East Village, sovaldi sale has pledged to photograph every single-story building remaining in his downtown community. “They open the street to the sky, providing a vista that can be enjoyed by all of us,” Mr. Friedberg said. Inspired by the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Mr. Friedberg catalogs the negative space created by these “low riders,” before the gaps they leave in the city’s landscape are filled in and forgotten. — JAMIE SIMS
Here, “3 St. Marks Place,” 2016.

Credit: Adam Friedberg