Doesn't Look Like My New York

Interesting how artists can present a vision of something entirely at odds with your own experience of that thing—it looks familiar but very off at the same time. 

Photographer Richard Sandler's B&W, noirish pictures of 1980's New York City had that effect on me. I moved back to the city in 1984 after graduating from art school, and it was a raw, chaotic, often scary but always thrilling place back then. I recognize Sandler's city, vaguely, but these pictures look more like images I've seen from the 1960s. For me, it just didn't look like this, EVER. I guess we all live in our own little cities.