New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Categories: History | Photo project

California photographer Janet Delaney made a series of stunning images that convey the special spirit of New York. All the photos were taken in the 80s with a two-lens reflex camera. A special feature of such cameras is that the shutter is almost silent and very fast compared to single-lens cameras and the viewfinder is located on top. When shooting, the photographer can hold the camera at chest level, attracting less attention, which means that the heroes of the pictures had almost no chance to notice that they were in the frame. 

When you first look at these photos, you don't even immediately realize that New York is in the pictures. Some of the shots are imbued with some truly Soviet spirit. And although we understand that the lifestyle of a Russian person of the 80s was radically different from the life of an American, several photos seem to be from home. 

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

"In the 80s, I visited New York many times. Born on quiet streets in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I always expected some unexpected and absolutely unsystematic meetings that only Manhattan could give, " the photographer says in the description of the series.

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Two-dollar contribution, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

The Third World War, 1986

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

A woman and a tree, 1987

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

A woman walking down the street, 1986

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Wall Street, 1984

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Waiting for a phone call, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

View of the Twin Towers, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Gemini and the truck, 1987

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Garbage on the East River, 1986

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Sunbathing on the East River, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

South Street, 1984

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

South Street, 1984

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

A man sleeping on a car, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Policeman, 1986

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Video Games, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Artist, 1984

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Kiosk in the metro, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Mother and Daughter, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Manhattan, 1987

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

South Street, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Coffee and sandwich, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Jackets for sale, 1984

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Event at the City Hall, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Brooklyn Bridge, 1986

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

Broadway, 1984

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

An American on a Staten Island ferry, 1985

New York of the 80s, suspiciously reminiscent of life in the USSR

6 am, Staten Island ferry, 1985

Keywords: New York | History | Photography | 80s | Photo project | Documentary photography | Street photography

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