A Walk Downtown

All these images were taken by ICP PJ students who took Andrew Lichtenstein’s workshop From Stranger to Intimate Portrait on the Street on the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. The goal of this project was to connect with a stranger on the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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© Marcella Conti
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© Marcella Conti
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Jessica, Age 24, Journalist © Denice Flores
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Nazim on Chinatown © Denice Flores
Born in the US, moved to Hong Kong at 3 years old, is now in NYC for vacation.
Born in the US, moved to Hong Kong at 3 years old, is now in NYC for vacation. ©Jake Sigal
Kevin, long boarding to work exhausted after a 6 day work week. Lower East Side, October 6, 2015.
Kevin, long boarding to work exhausted after a 6 day work week. Lower East Side, October 6, 2015 © Mohamed Almannai
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© Leda Costa
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© Leda Costa
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Kathia © Cedric Durig
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Kathia © Cedric Durig
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© Hillary Eggers
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© Hillary Eggers
© Daniela Constantini
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© Daniela Constantini
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LES © Stephanie Kuo

43 Comments

  1. I like that the photographers actually connected enough with the subjects to at least get their names. I’ve never been particularly happy about someone randomly taking my photo. Decades ago, when I was backpacking around the world, many of the more remote cultures thought that a camera captured a piece of a person’s soul, and taking a photo without permission could get rather testy.

  2. “The goal of this project was to connect with a stranger on the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan” – mission honourably accomplished with some to spare, I daresay!

  3. Nice idea. I think one of the best photo themes is the portrait: a face can show all the possible feelings, emotions, beauty or ugliness better than any other subject.

  4. These pictures are great. Every single person here is captured in a way that gives them depth and hints at the story they have to tell. Of course, you’d have a real challenge in my case. The camera has not been built that can take a decent photograph of me (clearly a failing in the technology rather than the subject).

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