100 Strangers

Ahmed at Brooklyn Bridge

(37/100 Strangers) This is Ahmed. I found him on The Brooklyn Bridge. Originally from Egypt, he's been here for the last 4 years. After a few moments of warming up, Ahmed was a great sport, coming up with several poses on the spot. As he go…

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Added: July 3, 2013
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Tony from The Upper East Side

(36/100 Strangers) "That's a great picture," he said. Tony had taken nearly the same shot the day before, and he pulled it up on his phone. Tony is a doorman at a fancy building on the Upper East Side. He was born in The Bronx and grew up i…

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Added: June 22, 2013
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Richard, at the Pop-Up Piano in Lincoln Center

(35/100 Strangers) Two weeks before his 18th Birthday, Richard received a letter. "Thanks to the great service of our countrymen, we have won the war." With World War II ending, they suggested he try to get out of the draft, "but that was i…

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Added: May 31, 2016
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88 Pianists -- Umberto from Munich (Series)

(1/88 Pianists, 34/100 Strangers) This is Umberto. He's a flgiht attendant from Munich, and with his 24 hours in New York, met with his friend Robert to play some of the 88 pianos around New York City. They met on YouTube, where they both h…

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Added: May 31, 2016
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Carlos from Kipps Bay, on Park Ave

(33/100 Strangers) "Take my Picture," he said. I didn't know what to make of Carlos, but he was forward and friendly. I didn't even notice most of the detail to him, as he spelled his last name for me. "It's Dutch," he told me. Carlos has b…

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Added: June 5, 2013
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Pepign from Holland, in Two Bridges

(32/100 Strangers) Pepign (pronounced similar to Pipen) is spending several weeks in the United States, visting the Bronx home of his Grandfather, Walter. Walter was born in the Bronx in 1907, although Pepign now lives in Holland. I ran int…

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Added: May 29, 2013
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Cindy Li, at the Yahoo Event

(31/100 Strangers) This is Cindy. She's a designer at Flickr, and I found her at the Yahoo Event in Times Square. A long term Flickr user, she now posts mostly food photos. After moving from Florida, "My mom would always seem to call when I…

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Added: May 23, 2013
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Stephanie at the Yahoo Event in Times Square

(30/100 Strangers) This is Stephanie. She designed the Yahoo Flickr event in Times Square. Although I found her in New York, she's only been here 3 times. Instead, she grew up in Wyoming, until attending school in So Cal for studies in Desi…

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Added: May 29, 2013
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Dzevahira from Brooklyn

(29/100 Strangers) / (499/365) Dzevahira approached me in Times Square. We'd both been listening to a performer, and her son is interested in Photography. I tried to talk to her about her experiences in New York, where she has resided for t…

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Added: May 17, 2013
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Drew from The Bronx

(28/100 Strangers) When Drew asked me what I would like to order, I hesitated, so he asked if I wanted to take his picture. He was joking aorund, but I jumped right in. He grabbed his coworker Anna for a quick snap. I didn't speak to him ag…

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Added: April 30, 2013
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Isabelle from Montreal at Bethesda Terrace

(27/100 Strangers) (435/365)

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Added: April 16, 2013
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Isabelle from Montreal at Bethesda Terrace

(27/100 Strangers) (435/365) "I'm on my way to Ethiopia." This was Isabelle's first time in Central Park, and we crossed paths several times photographing the area surrounding Bethesda Terrace. We both spent a good amount of time below the…

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Added: April 16, 2013
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Unknown at the Time Life Building

(23/100 Strangers) When I approached him, someone was already taking his picture and talking to him. He had a friend who got him into this gig, which he's been doing for three years. He told me his name, but I completely forgot to write it…

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Added: March 21, 2015
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Sal from Brooklyn on Wall St

(19/100 Strangers) I found Sal working on Williams St, with Con Edison, to pump out a garage full of sea water. Downtown Manhattan (Wall St) was one of the worst areas hit by Sandy, which flooded many areas of New York with as much as 12 f…

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Added: April 16, 2013
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Roger on Maiden Ln in Downtown Manhattan

(18/100 Strangers) This all started because Roger asked for some change. I had refused someone last night, and it bothered me, so I gave him a few bucks, and he asked me if I wanted to take a picture. Of course I did! Roger had a lot to…

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Added: April 17, 2013
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Ignacio in Rockefeller Center, Concourse Level

(16/100 Strangers) This is Ignacio. I found him in Blue Bottle Coffee in Rockefeller Center, on the concorse level. He had his Nikon camera out, and he was enjoying a cup of coffee. I couldn't help but ask him about his camera. Ignacio i…

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Added: May 31, 2016
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Adrian and Antwanette on the Q Train

(15/100 Strangers) "I'm in an Indi band, and her? She's just cool." Adrian and Antoinette were all style, and super chill to talk to. I found them on the Q. If you can believe it, I didn't notice them, the guys with me did. They're New Yor…

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Added: April 16, 2013
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Ozzie in Chinatown

(11/100 Strangers) This is Ozzie. He's from Croatia, but has been working in a restaurant in Coney Island. I met him on Pell Street while wandering through Chinatown, and he was cool about ne taking his picture. He first caught my attention…

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Added: April 17, 2013
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Raymond in NoHo

(3/100 Strangers) Raymond was a bit odd, but also my favourite character for the day! He was a genuine, friendly fellow, and I found him peering in this window, which he promptly returned to doing after we parted. He has lived in Manhatt…

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Added: April 17, 2013
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