How New York Breaks Your Heart

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Author and photographer Bill Hayes walks the New York City streets and snaps images of particular persons who attract his eye. His photos remind me of earlier pictorial illustrations of city denizens, except that they now wear less clothing and display more body markings. His reflections of the city dwellers appear to slant to the strange and the weird, to emphasize contrasts, and to capture the heterogeneous make-up of the city. While the advance reading copy shows mostly black and white portraiture, there are a few color inserts showing what the final print will look like. I personally prefer the appeal of the black and white version. New York is noted to be a city crowded with both the poor and the ivory-towered wealthy; however, there is notably no appearance of this latter population within the collection. The photos are tied together by scant text describing in isolated sentences how the author carried out this assignment. While the book is a quick coffee-table scan, it feels more like glancing at the oddities in the vanished circus deviant side-shows. This aspect is what may interest the viewers.

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Author Bill Hayes
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date 2018-Feb-13
ISBN 9781635570854
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Issue April 2018
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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