New York Up & Down is a photo project, a series of street images which Horvat shot between 1982 and 1986. The photographs were taken by using a Nikon SLR camera with Ektachrome, showing the rawness and grittiness of the city. From the presence of the yellow cabs to the crowded graffiti clad subway cars.
Between that evening in 1959 and the beginning of my project, in 1982, I came back to New York more than a hundred times, usually to do fashion photos, but in most cases only for two or three weeks. All the same, I have calculated that these trips, laid end to end, would add up to a stay of about two years, which is equivalent to the periods of my adult life that I spent in Switzerland, in Italy, in India or in England. But if they were measured by their emotional intensity, the years in New York would count twice as much… This is what I tried to convey by the words ‘up and down’. The highs and lows of New York are not just the transitions from Uptown to Downtown, from the darkness of the subway to the view from the top floors of the skyscrapers, from the temperatures in January to those in July. But also the shifts, between one day and the next and sometimes between one minute and the other, from exhilaration to disappointment, from triumph to failure, from fulfilment to defeat." - said Frank Horvat.Now take a look at Horvat's images of New York City below and see which ones bring back memories for you.
(New York Up & Down, Photos © Frank Horvat, via Jewelry Accessories 's blog)