Photographer Jeff Mermelstein's new book "Hardened" is a vivid collection of street scenes from New York City.
Jeff Mermelstein is one of the most highly regarded American photographers working today. I’ve previously written about his work on Brooklyn’s Barclays Center here. In that post, I noted that Mermelstein is not only highly regarded, but also prolific. In fact, he’s so prolific I’ve got a new book to talk about: “Hardened” (Morel, 2019).
There is a fine line between work and play being a photographer, which is what is so amazingly wonderful about our job. A client calls and asks you to spend a couple days in “X” city, making whatever photos you want as long as they somewhat fit the story. In general, that is all the 36 Hours series The New York Times is: tip-toeing that line.
Alongside Johan van der Keuken, Ed van der Elsken, often called a “photographer of the margins,” occupies a singular place in twentieth-century documentary Dutch photography and cinema. In addition to his well-known images, the Galerie nationale Jeu de Paume features a collection of documents — contact sheets, sketches, layouts, letters, and notes — that shed fresh light on Elsken’s work and personality.