TIFA 2023 Book / People

Forms and Figures of New York City

  • Prize
    Gold in Book/People
  • Photographer
    Adrian Schaub
  • Technical Info
    Hasselblad X2d Xcd 65
  • Photo Date
    May / June 2023

Forms and Figures of NYC is a fusion of Fine Art and Street photography. Well composed black and white photographs capture the essence of the street life of New York City. Each of the 52 pictures tells its particualr story of the interaction of humans and animals with their environment. Grouped in series they cover overarching themes like “Empire State Building vs Lady Liberty”, “Me and my mobile”, “Ephemeral” or “Summer hats”. PS: the uploaded pdf is heavily compressed which led to a substantial loss in quality

The overarching theme of my photography is the children’s game “I see something you don’t see”, as I try to capture the special in the everyday. I like regular shapes and structures of any kind. I further have a weakness for the ephemeral as well as for animals and plants. In my street photography people are interchangeable anonymous actors, hence you typically don’t recognise their faces. Animals are part of the city life and their irregular activity contrasts with the regular forms of streets and buildings, whose leading lines ideally aim for a corner of the picture.