Photographer Moyra Davey decided she wanted to capture these newsstands one day, seeing them as a vanishing piece of old New York.
Davey spent more than a year photographing newsstands in Manhattan. “They’re hard to photograph,” she admitted. The city – trucks, pedestrians, bad lighting – got in the way. Many of the newsstand operators were reticent about getting their pictures taken. “Some of the guys had to be convinced,” Davey says. “They were a bit guarded. Some were very friendly, but in general, who wouldn’t be guarded if somebody comes up and wants to take your picture?” Davey got a lot of “no’s,” but she persisted. Some eventually relented. She offered each a print of their newsstand.
The result is a great snapshot of a part of the City mostly non-existent today, now that cell phones and websites provide the news.
Check out the full article on NYMag for more photos and the longer story.