New Yorkers

by Benedict Evans

These pictures began as an exercise, really, in making a quick, collaborative portrait in one or two frames, with little control over the background, light, etc. I enjoy the slightly weird interaction of asking a stranger who catches my eye if I can take their picture. Relatively few declined, and after a while I put them together to form a small series.

Many of the pictures were taken around the time I was working on projects for Bklynr, including “Dirty Dreamer” and “A Place to Call Home.” So it feels fitting that they appear here. I’m sad to see Bklynr closing its doors, but am proud to have been part of a great project from some very good people. A big thank you to Bklynr, and all its readers.







Simeon & Akilah






Benedict Evans is a freelance photographer based in Bed-Stuy.

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