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50 Fantastic Black and White Street Photographs of New York City during the 1980s by Matt Weber

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50 Fantastic Black and White Street Photographs of New York City during the 1980s by Matt Weber

Began photographing in 1978 when, while working as a taxi driver in New York, Matt Weber has seen it all: homelessness, violence, the daily strangeness that gives the city its character.

Weber doesn't stage his photos. He doesn't ask people for permission to photograph them. And he doesn't like shooting from the hip, because it means he can't control the composition. "You really are looking for those special images. They come when they come. You can't force them," Weber told Slate. "It's a matter of luck, timing, and good fortune. When I leave my door, I don't know what I'm going to get. The thing with street photography is you often get something better than you imagined."