Frank Paulin, Flower Messenger, Times Square, 1955, printed later, gelatin silver print. Gift of Bruce and Silke Silverstein, 2015.145. © Frank Paulin Archive, Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.
Photographers have long turned their cameras on the city, often framing its architecture and residents from new vantage points and unexpected perspectives. Soaring skyscrapers, factory laborers, and serendipitous moments on busy streets serve as subject for many photographers in their quest to document the surrounding urban environment. Artists featured include Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Lewis Hine, Bill Jacobson, Frank Paulin, Charles Sheeler, W. Eugene Smith, and Andy Warhol, among others.