Sightseeing with Paul McDonough

McDonough has been taking photographs for more than forty years now, and a salient feature of the work seen here has to do with refinement, elegance.

The esteemed photographer Paul McDonough has been taking photographs for more than forty years now, and a salient feature of the work seen here, from his project “Sightseeing,” has to do with refinement, elegance

Bite the Big Apple (11 photos) | PDN Photo of the Day

Paul McDonough arrived in New York City in 1967 with a 35mm camera and entrée, through childhood friend Tod Papageorge, to the photography workshops and social networks of street photographer Garry Winogrand. Emerging from an early career as a studio easel painter, McDonough found photographing on the streets of New York liberating: “It satisfied my sketching impulses… I learned to carry a camera everywhere, all the time, loaded with 400-speed film.” McDonough’s first monograph, Paul McDonough: New York Photographs 1968 – 1978, was published in November 2010 by Umbrage Editions, in conjunction with an exhibition at Sasha Wolf Gallery. – Umbrage.

L E N S C R A T C H: Paul McDonough

The Sasha Wolf Gallery is celebrating the work and a new publication of Paul McDonough's New York Photographs, 1968-1978. I really enjoyed seeing a 1970's New York City with quirky denizens from decades past. Paul has an incredible eye for timing, juxtaposition, and the humorous moment, and this exhibition was a complete photographic pleasure.

Timeless Stories in 1970s New York: The Work of Paul McDonough – NYTimes.com

Forget the ‘fros and the saffron robes and the 60-cent taxi meter drop; the Horn & Hardart, the Doubleday and the showroom on Broadway with Chevelles for sale. Paul McDonough’s “New York City, 1973-1978” summons all these memories instantly for anyone old enough to recall when city buses were green. But the pictures are really not about memory.