Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Peter's New York City Photos
Today is my brother Peter’s birthday. He was born on June 9, 1945, in Menominee, MI, and he passed away nine years ago on July 21, 2006, at East Hampton, Long Island. Peter lived an enthusiastic, many-sided, adventuresome life. He was very family-oriented, and he chronicled our family’s history photographically, resurrecting our father’s treasure trove of photos from the 40’s to the 60’s and adding his own rich collection from the 70’s to the 2000’s. He sent many of Vic’s and his own photos to family members in the form of postcards that he produced. New York City was among Peter’s great passions. He and Gayle lived in Princeton, NJ, and they would frequently spend their weekends in Manhattan, with Peter taking photos in Central Park, Midtown, the Village, Soho, and other locations. I’ve put a sampling of these below. Sometimes they remind me of Weegee, New York’s famous freelance street photographer of the 40’s through the 60’s who specialized in gritty urban scenes. Today would have been Peter’s 70th birthday, and I’m sure he would have made it a gala occasion, probably inviting family members to Princeton for a celebration. In the sad absence of such a possibility, I decided to spend time with some of Peter’s images of the city.