Remarkable Black and White Images of the Big Apple Shot on Film


Can you imagine the Big Apple bereft of people? Well you won’t have to thanks to the remarkable images shot by Adam Garelick. Garelick has had a love affair shooting the famously busy NYC since 2002, and during that time has taken thousands of images of this place renowned for its 24/7 non-stop activity.




In this collection it was Garelick’s intention to highlight the city’s remarkable infrastructure and iconography by showing these elements without the usual NYC inhabitants. The series casts a spotlight on the city’s well-known landmarks and structures.  In one photo from the powerful series one can almost feel the spirit and energy of the city thru the famous Manhattan skyline.



“I have been photographing New York City since I moved here in 2002. My work can be roughly divided into two categories, nighttime cityscapes and street photography, including street portraits. My goal is to document the visual richness of a city that I am fortunate to call home,” said Garelick of his work involving NYC.




His photos are exclusively shot in black and white which provides added drama character. Images are full of contrast, rich in shapes, patterns, textures, in addition to the dazzling lights that define its rich personality by night.  Garelick’s photos vary from intimate, close shots to panoramic city views. He makes use of old school film and develops each negative with minimal post-processing.


Garelick says, “I’ve had the chance to explore Manhattan and all of its electric energy. But now, I try to capture what lies beneath the energy. That’s why most of my cityscapes are devoid of people. I try to capture moments of solitude. And they exist, even here.”

To view the impressive black and white series, go to the cityscapes portion over at Garelick’s website.

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Attila Kun

Attila Kun

Attila is the founder and editor-in-chief of Exposure Guide. He is an avid photographer, graphic designer, bedroom DJ and devoted Mac addict. Attila got his first DSLR camera, a Canon 10D, back in 2003 and he has been hooked on photography ever since.