Ever looked at a building and wondered about the things that happened there way before you or your parents were born? Through New York City press photographer Marc Hermann’s creative efforts, it won’t take much toll on us to recreate certain scenes in our heads – the ones that happened in the Big Apple, at least.
Marc’s “New York City: Then & Now” photo set has been gaining attention online for the unique technique of superimposing monochromatic vintage photos of crime scenes between the ‘30s and the ‘60s to modern, coloured shots of various places in New York City. All of the vintage photos he had used were said to have been taken from the archive of the New York Daily News, where he currently works at, with each photo bearing varying degrees of fame (or is it infamy?).
Marc, who’s inspired by early similar works featuring scenes from the World War II by Joeri Teeuwisse and Sergei Larenkov, revealed in an interview that he had worked on his own project during his spare time. Through this, he was able to learn not only about New York’s past but also of old photography techniques.
He then makes special mention of this photo:
He tells Co.CREATE,
I had always loved the photo of the woman in the Bronx holding her wounded boyfriend on the stairs of an apartment building, and presumed that the photographer simply stuck his camera a few inches through the front door to make the shot. When I found the building, though, I was amazed to find that those stairs were at the end of a long hallway and around a corner, and in order to match the angle, I had to press myself up against one of the walls. Suddenly, I could imagine the photographer getting a tip about the scene unfolding out of public view, and how he would have had to literally run inside, crumple to a stop against the wall, fire off the shot to his left, undoubtedly incurring the wrath of the subject, and get out as fast as he’d come in.