New York City 1970s by Leland Bobbé

Leland Bobbé’s authentic black and white photographs of a dirty and dangerous New York City in the 1970s.

I love photographs of New York City, especially when it comes to the older times! Leland Bobbé has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. As a native New Yorker, he has taken a lot of shots documenting the streets and the life that surrounds him. In the 1970s, the Big Apple was an exciting but yet dangerous place to live. As a result of a weakening industry, the city experienced a massive increase in crime as well as a frightening social decay.

Leland Bobbé’s photographs of this period can be considered as authentic documentations. They show the city during this fiscal crisis with an unvarnished face. No glamor, no striking skyscrapers, Leland Bobbé has captured the wild and dirty side of the city. His photographs show the hustle and bustle on the streets as well as the the dark shadows of this time including the countless homeless, crime and prostitution. From Manhattan to the Bronx, the photographer walked through the streets to capture all the characteristic places as well as the different people out there.

Leland Bobbé’s authentic street photographs have been accepted to be part of the permanent collection at the Museum of The City of New York. Below you can see some pictures of the series. For more, please visit: lelandbobbe.com

Old Subway impressions in black and white.
Old Subway impressions in black and white.
Some guys are sitting or sleeping on the stairs at the entrance of a house.
Some guys are sitting or sleeping on the stairs at the entrance of a house.
It seems that these guys didn't like to be photographed.
It seems that these guys didn’t like to be photographed.
Homeless people lying on the ground.
Homeless people lying on the ground.
Images of New York City in the 1970s by photographer Leland Bobbé.
Images of New York City in the 1970s taken by photographer Leland Bobbé.
New York's underworld in the 1970s.
New York’s underworld in the 1970s.
Street scene from a series of photographs depicting the New York City of the 1970s.
Street scene from a series of photographs depicting the New York City of the 1970s.
Prostitutes in the streets of New York.
Prostitutes in the streets of New York.

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