“I look for emotions: beauty, surprise, happiness, sadness, cruelty, strangeness, solitude. All of these things are attractive and fascinating to me.” “I started shooting because I can do it by myself whenever I have the time, it doesn’t require anyone else.” “The streets have a life of their own. Whenever I go out, there are always fresh surprises.” “I’m not sure whether I like or dislike people, but I’m very interested in them and how they interact. That’s what I want to show in my work.” “Sometimes I take secret shots; I can capture natural scenes because the people are not aware of the camera.” “I want to show that the street is exciting and full of passion, just like my mind. It’s chaotic but beautiful.”


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Street Scenes: Tatsuo Suzuki, Japan

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field.

Having been a punk rocker through his teens and early twenties, Tatsuo Suzuki needed an emotional and creative outlet that could fit into his busy schedule once he began working—so he turned to photography. Inspired by the snapshot style of photographer William Klein, Tatsuo’s work is personal and emotionally driven. When shooting a scene, Tatsuo thinks about his audience, wanting them to experience what he’s feeling at that moment, whether it be chaos, passion, or excitement. He uses layers, blur, and movement to convey his feelings through images. He hopes that with time he’ll be able to match—and even surpass—his idol Klein’s ability to reflect on society through his work.   

See more of Tatsuo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery


New York in the 1970s, filmed in Super 8 by Irving Schneider

This film of New York City streets, parks, and people was made in the early 1970s by amateur filmmaker Irving Schneider. Includes scenes of Brooklyn Heights, Washington Square and Greenwich Village, the Garment District, Times Square and 42nd Street, and Central Park. Music by John Coltrane.

There are some minor technical glitches caused by the age of the film and the transfer from Super 8 to digital video.

Music: My Favorite Things Part 1 by John Coltrane

(via oldnewyork)


"The thing we need most is security. Without security, nothing works. We are only out here playing chess because right now, in this place, we have a little bit of security. But that’s just for right now— just this moment. In this country things have never been secure for long. In America, there is always security. And that’s why America works."

(Juba, South Sudan)