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MICHAL DANIEL east village

Discretely recording street scenes was already my quarter century long passion, when in 2001 I found the now obsolete Eyemodule2, a 640x480 pixel (0.3 megapixel) digital camera. It's a tiny lens that fits on a long discontinued Handspring organizer. It's also a silent, nearly invisible tool for collecting fleeting moments. When anyone notices me working with it, "don't mind me, just organizing here," is what I appear to be doing, staring down at the screen.

The “digital Diana” toy personality of this camera, with its restricted color palette and pinhole-like focus, make for painterly effects that transform telling moments into visual poems. is where I hang my keepers, now numbering close to three thousand. Nearly half of them were made in New York’s East Village.

"The East Village is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It lies east of Greenwich Village, south of Gremercy and Stuyvesant Town, and north of the Lower East Side. The East Village encompasses the neighborhood of Alphabet City (Avenues A - D). The neighborhood is bounded by 14th Street on the north, Avenue D on the east, Houston Street on the south, and the Bowery and 3rd Avenue on the west."
(From Kugel, Seth, "An 80-Block Slice of City Life", New York Times, September 19, 2007.)

For someone like me, who fled to America from communist Czechoslovakia, New York's historic immigrant hub is a special place of magic. On the few blocks of East Village, the daily drama of America's never ending transformation plays out, in all its glory, humor, happiness and pain.

For over five years I've explored the East Village neighborhood, collecting lasting glances at vanishing poetic moments and colorful inhabitants. Here is my personal view of East Village street life in the beginning of this new century.


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Michal Daniel
Michal Minneapolis, Wolf Lake, New York, Prague, Palupin, Marseilles

Born in Prague, then Czechoslovakia. Left for the US in 1969. Served in the USAF and became photographer after seeing my first 4×5 neg come up in the developer, under a green safelite: military boot stepping on a flower. Corny, I know, but hey, I was instantly in love, forever. Ran my own custom b&w lab in Minneapolis for two decades, taught fine b&w printing, was the first and then exclusive US importer of FOMA film and paper products from the Czech Republic. Always made street photos for myself, now make live entertainment images for a living.

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Fecha de publicación  02 de abril de 2008

Dimensiones  Cuadrado pequeño  440 páginas   Papel estándar

Categoría  Fotografía artística

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Comentarios (6) Escribir un comentario


Deraw dice

Very creative - each photo has a story to tell. You display great communication through images.

publicado 12 de oct. a las 19:31 PST


tensleep2 dice

great book, i'm jealous

publicado 13 de sep. a las 01:33 PST


redtreeme dice

Beautiful composition. :-)

publicado 18 de ago. a las 14:15 PST


cheryleigh dice

I say 'Au contraire' to earlier comment... your photos are beautiful and I had to see every one. How you have placed them to reflect one another was very clever. Thank you for sharing your part of the world.

publicado 10 de ago. a las 12:33 PST


wrennyjen dice

Interesting photos but I switched off before page 100, far too many, some editing wouldn't have gone amiss.

publicado 02 de ago. a las 23:20 PST



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