Perspective | These photos are ‘slipping beneath the skin, slicing the facade, close to the bone, too close for comfort’

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).

Jeff Mermelstein’s fantastic sidewalk – The Eye of Photography

In SideWalk, American photographer Jeff Mermelstein takes visitors back to the 1990s, and 2000s, with his fleeting, charming, bizarre, and vivid snapshots of life in New York City, where he has lived and worked most of his life. Prowling the streets with a constantly drawn camera and an alert eye, Mermelstein documented the mood, the characters and the often-bizarre sights that made the city so unique. Everyday situations and ordinary people are the primary focus of his work. His idiosyncratic images are never composed, and are instead spontaneous records of unaware people going about their everyday lives.

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Why is it that some photographers take to the studio, while others take to the street? Is street photography photojournalism, art — or both? These are some of the questions raised by Everybody Street, a new documentary chronicling the life and work of 13 of New York’s most renowned street photographers, including Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Gilden, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliot Erwitt, Jeff Mermelstein, Boogie and Martha Cooper

Worth a look: The Shooting Gallery – videos about photographers

The Shooting Gallery, a tumblr featuring videos about photographers. The videos are divided into two categories: photographers talking and photographers shooting. There are 14 pages of archives to the blog, in which you’ll find videos about the likes of Richard Prince, Donald Weber, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jeff Mermelstein, Stephen Shore, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Cindy Sherman, Ryan McGinley, William Eggleston (including this ridiculous interview on the Today Show), and many others.

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Jeff Mermelstein walks around New York with his Leica taking pictures. Great commentary on his style and process including his work on 9/11 below.

Check it out here.