Jeff Rothstein’s Five Decades of New York Street Photography are Magical

All images by Jeff Rothstein. Used with permission. 

“… the most memorable was the shot I took of Muhammad Ali,” says Jeff Rothstein. “Unfortunately the negatives are long gone, but luckily I still have a print I made at the time.” A true New Yorker, Jeff has been shooting street photography for over 50 years. He has seen it all – times change, attitudes evolve. For the younger generation, Jeff’s street photography allows them to see what the world was once like. For the older generation, his work offers a comforting dose of nostalgia. In each frame that he develops, you feel the love he has for the place he calls home. What is most evident when speaking to Jeff is his passion for the craft. He has the energy to create, to document, and to tell the truth. 50 years on from his first roll of film, Jeff shares with us the photographic fire that’s still burning strong.

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Yoko Ono Tweets Image of John Lennon’s Bloody Glasses on 44th Anniversary of Their Marriage

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In a single extremely powerful image, Yoko Ono Lennon tweeted her stance on Gun Control laws–a very big issue right now in US politics. The image was tweeted to commemorate the 44th anniversary (March 20) of her marriage to John.

So what is this? The glasses are the ones that John wore on that unfortunate night. They are placed on a table and behind it is a scene of the Manhattan cityscape. Lennon lived in Manhattan for a while–and there is an entire tour around the area dedicated to his life and the last moments. They usually end on Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, which ironically is the scene of many engagement shoots.

The content of the image is perhaps even more powerful than the intended message that it is supposed to speak for. John Lennon, the famous Beatle, was murdered many years ago and today it is still considered by many to be the most shocking deaths in music history (perhaps even above Kurt Cobain’s suicide). Politics aside, it is still a powerful visual memory of the fall of one of music’s greatest legends.