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Quintessentially New York
on January 19, 2001
This afternoon, I hailed a cab near Union Square in New York City. As we pulled away, I noticed the driver had two small black and white photos (New York cityscapes) posted next to his hack license. The pictures were small but alluring in that New York noir sort of way. One was signed "Bradford," the same name on the hack license. "Cool photos," I said. "Do you show?" To which the driver said, "My book," and he handed me "Drive-By Shootings." The book is substantial, somewhere near 500 pages with thick paper to accomadate these extraordinary photos... Bradford has an alert and whimsical eye. Of all the photography I have seen of New York, Bradford's body of work captures the energy and essence of what it is like to be here and live here, better than any I've seen. There is enormous love for the city and compassion for his subjects. There is also present a strong sense of irony alongside the photographer himself being humbled by this thing --New York City -- which is depicted here as being as tame as it is wild. Like Bradford himself, this book is very engaging. If you like New York, or have an interest in photography or art, you'll appreciate "Drive-By Shootings."