A Project by Adam Garelick


NEW YORK STREET PORTRAITS is a collection of images I have made on the streets of New York.  I don’t know the subjects, and our meeting is the result of nothing more than happenstance, but they have all been gracious to allow me to photograph them for the project.

My reason for beginning this project is simple.  I have lived in New York for ten years, and I have seen the countless ways by which we try to define the City.  But I think the best measure of New York is its people.   They are the ultimate testament to New York’s vibrance, diversity and character.  I know of no other place where freedom and individuality are as celebrated as they are here.  This project is an effort to document those who embody that spirit.

If your portrait appears on the blog and you would like a print of the image, please email me and I will happily send you a copy.

You may also view more of my work at

34 thoughts on “About

  1. I really love this idea and all of your work!

  2. I look forward to seeing your new photos. Keep up the good work!

  3. Great blog idea. Simple straight forward journalistic approach. Looking forward to many more portraits.
    Have fun.

  4. i love your photos and the simplicity of your blog

  5. These are amazing. I totally agree, a city is about the people.

  6. Faces are poems in themselves….lovely blog!

  7. i feel Adam seem to have put quite some his own feelings in the portraits he has taken =)

  8. Beautiful work! Street photography is probably my favorite genre of portraiture. What do you shoot with?

  9. Absolutely adore your work- beautiful black and whites especially.

  10. You are a magician with your camera Adam. I’ve seen your photographs in your porfolio and you take the viewer on a journey like no other. I’m amazed by how you make (at least me) want to jump right into the photo, even though it is black and white. Sometimes b/w photos of cities can be gloomy and sterile, but your effects are the opposite. Great, great job! I’ll be contacting you in the future to buy one of your prints.

  11. Hey Adam,
    You can contact me on
    Have a nice day !


  12. I love the project, it is wonderful to see all the people of nyc. I also love your portfolio, they are beautiful.

  13. Thank you for all your comments. Glad you are enjoying the project.

  14. I am in love with your project! Beautiful portraits – I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award –

  15. Adam,
    I have posted information on you on my blog. Have a look at :

    Enjoy you day !

  16. It’s all be said. Your work is full of life and that’s special.

  17. Hey Adam! My name is Erin…you took a photo of me around mid-august, (little chic with crazy hair) in the LES in front of sidewalk cafe (6th and ave a). Was wondering if you were going to post it, or if not if its possible for you to email them to me!

  18. I’ve been following your work since I met you! My friend who is an M6 shooter lreally likes your work too.

  19. what are you shooting with Adam? great project as well.

  20. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Congratulations!! Check out the rules on my post ( Best regards, G. E.

  21. Your photographs make me happy! You capture the beauty of each subject, and the rich diversity of the world. Thanks.

  22. Fantastic work. I love your approach. I am a high school student with a passion for photography and I am about to start a new street portrait project to expand my portfolio and make myself more comfortable photographing strangers.
    Do you have any suggestions for how to shoot the best street portrait possible?
    My work can be found here
    Thanks and lovely work!

    • Thanks for your comment. My only advice is to find interesting people and be yourself when you approach them. Everything else will fall into place. Look forward to seeing your work.

  23. Your picture are fantastic. You capture the depth of each the subjects with the simplicity of the shot. I was moved by a number of your photographs.

  24. Hi !
    I just discover your blog, and very enjoy enjoy it ! Thanks for your work ! It’s inspiring.
    Hope to read you more !

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