See New York City’s Streets Through the Ages

40 years of NYC through the eyes of 12 photographers

Protest at NYPD Funeral, 2015

"Thousands of officers from the NYPD and police departments across the country assembled in Brooklyn to lay murdered officer Wenjian Liu to rest… and to protest Mayor Bill De Blasio. The majority of cops attending the service turned their backs on outdoor screens showing the mayor as he addressed mourners inside the funeral home. This officer is one of a handful of officers who didn’t take part in the demonstration."© Aymann Ismail

Drug Bust at 179 Essex

"The bodega on my block—we bought our milk and other small items there. We were friends with the Dominican guys who ran it. Like the bodega on my block, many in the community also sold drugs, or some kind of contraband. Around where I lived drugs was a 24 hour 7 days a week business. A part of the life."© Clayton Patterson

Lower East Side, 1989

© Janette Beckman

Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One and Scott La Rock, 1987

"I shot this photo of BDP for their record company press release of their album 'Criminal Minded' Sadly DJ Scott La Rock was murdered months after the album release."© Janette Beckman

Young Love

"I stepped out of the Canal St. subway station when I spotted this elderly couple. They turned on the next block, I never saw their faces."© Alberto Vargas

Times Square Kid, 1973

© Flo Fox

Reflection of Jacob Riis Houses, Lower East Side, 2013

© Destiny Mata

Arresting a BLM Demonstrator, 2015

© Aymann Ismail

Racist Cops, 2014

© Jessica Lehrman

Train Conductor, Long Island City, 1985

© Robert Herman

Sad Clown

"Walking by the NYU area in Soho, I stumbled upon this Clown dressed as if he just arrived from war. He never spoke a word or acknowledged anyone's existence, just stood on a stoop of a church pointing at it."© Luis Santana

Stealing a Banksy, 2013

© Aymann Ismail

Saphire, 2014

© Khalik Allah

Trade Towers from West Broadway, 1978

"This was just a lucky shot looking down West Broadway around 1978-79 with the twin towers echoing the twin cyclists. I have no idea who the people are. Then as now, a sidecar in Manhattan was rare."© Martha Cooper

Hitching on Back of Bus, Lower East Side, 1978

© Martha Cooper

New York City has been a playground for street photographers since the earliest days of the medium. The city thrives because people are forced to live so much of their lives on the streets, rather than tucked away in their homes, and a number of well-known photographers have made names for themselves wandering the five boroughs with a camera in hand.

"NYC Streets Then and Now," which is currently on view at Salomon Arts Gallery, gathers the work of 12 avid New York street photographers whose images span the past 40 years.

Work from pioneering photographers such as Janette Beckman, Martha Cooper, and Robert Herman are presented alongside more contemporary artists like Jessica Lehman and Aymann Ismail. The show will be on view through January 23.

Saloman Arts Gallery is located on 83 Leonard St., 4th Fl., and will be open 2-5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Saturday.