NEW YORK CITY DAILY
the leica blog: icons of new york
Capturing icons is a tricky job, be that humans or landmarks. An icon is an icon for a reason, people know what to expect, they can usually picture the image in their mind's eye as soon as they hear the name or phrase uttered. Which is one of the reasons that Phil Penman's work is so refreshing, he delivers the unexpected. His New York series is an ode to the iconic sights of his chosen hometown, seen through the lens of a native and not a tourist. Phil has lived in New York City for over 17 years, he's seen the city go through many changes and has captured those with his camera while riding around town on his fixed gear. His work is characterized by a love for the city, which exudes out of every one of his images, as well as a lot patience.
He spends his days riding around town, enjoying New York City's unique characters, capturing them with his Leica SL while he waits for that perfect beam of sunlight to hit the next architectural landmark. Born in the charmingly named village of Briantspuddle in the county of Dorset, the veteran photographer has made New York his home while it has also become an important part of his work. Below we caught up with Phil to discuss his photography and his singular view on one of the most iconic cities of our time.
the streets i walk: 52 most influential street photographers list
This street photographers list is not about who was or is the "Best' Street Photographer, but rather , about those that have influenced Street Photography historically, currently, technically ,artistically, or even just by the influence they had on other photographers. This ' influence' is about those that were influenced years ago, but also, those of the new generation of street photographers being influenced today.
photolemur: photographing everlasting diversity of new york with phil penman
He is quite literally, an Englishman in New York City. Originally from the small village of Briantspuddle in Dorset, Phil Penman has been photographing New York City for 17 years. Today he is included in the list of the most influential photographers with Henri Cartier Bresson and Diane Arbus.
pdn magazine: the right motivation: new york city photographer phil penman reinvigorates his career with leica cameras
"I've always thought New York was kind of a living thing itself" says Phil Penman. The multitalented photographer was born and raised in the English countryside, but since 2000, hemade New York his home. The city's ever- changing streets have become a muse for Penman, pulling him out of the kind of creative rut that even successful shooters like him fall into. "I was doing celebrity stuff for about 15 years, and it just became monotonous," he says. It wasn't that way in the beginning. " I'll put it this way: If you're a kid in your 20's and you're told you can make hundreds of thousands a year staying in five-star hotels all over the world, you'll be like 'Hell yeah, I'm going to do that' And he did, catching flights at the drop of a hat to photograph luminaries for the British Splash News agency. But the constant travel kept him from having much of a personal life and over time the work itself became less engaging. "It was crazy, the air miles we were doing,"he says. "The market changed and the business changed, and I said, ' I can't do this anymore."
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