When Sylvia Plachy, 70, got serious about photography, she was in her junior year at Pratt Institute and engaging in a medium that other students saw as a distant second to fine art. "But I fell in love with taking pictures," she remembers. "I decided that this is what I wanted to do." Though Plachy is a contributing photographer for The New Yorker and has shot for a number of publications including the New York Times Magazine, she was most prolific when working with the Village Voice, snagging black-and-white images from one corner of New York City to the other as well as internationally. With several shows in Europe—three last fall, another later this year—and her seventh book in the works, she says, "I am looking back and rescuing pictures that I have taken and not seen. I am at the age where I want to make sure I see them."