Langdon Clay by Langdon Clay
Cars: New York City, 1974–1976

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

Langdon Clay’s car photographs capture moments of the past, a freeze frame on a city in perpetual change. Langdon Clay: Cars preserves the fragment in time when wealth and fun gave way to decay and violence.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

From 1974 to 1976, Langdon Clay (born 1949) photographed the cars he encountered while wandering the streets of New York City and nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, at night. Shot in Kodachrome with a Leica and deftly lit with then-new sodium vapor lights, the pictures feature a distinct array of makes and models set against the gritty details of their surrounding urban and architectural environments, and occasionally the ghostly presence of people.
“I experienced a conversion of sorts in making a switch from the ‘decisive moment’ of black and white to the marvel of color, a world I was waking up to every day,” Clay writes of this work. “At the time it seemed like an obvious and natural transition. What was less obvious was how to reflect my world of New York City in color … I discovered that night was its own color and I fell for it.”
Langdon Clay was born in New York City in 1949. He grew up in New Jersey and Vermont and attended school in New Hampshire and Boston. Clay moved to New York in 1971 and spent the next sixteen years photographing there, around the country and in Europe for various magazines and books. In 1987 he moved to Mississippi where he has since lived with his wife, photographer Maude Schuyler Clay, and their three children.
 

About Langdon Clay

See more books from this Author
 
Published December 6, 2016 by Steidl. 206 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography.
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Langdon Clay
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Karl Wolff on Jun 21 2017

Langdon Clay’s car photographs capture moments of the past, a freeze frame on a city in perpetual change. Langdon Clay: Cars preserves the fragment in time when wealth and fun gave way to decay and violence.

Read Full Review of Langdon Clay: Cars: New York ... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

Rate this book!

Add Review