The Library has recently acquired the Raymond Germann Photograph Collection, a great addition to our collection of documentary photography of contemporary New York City. With over 300 images of NYC from 1978 to 2015, the collection captures views of the ever-evolving cityscape and examines the intersection of architecture and street life.
Below is a selection of Germann’s photos that highlight the geometry of the built environment. The focus on lines, curves, shadows, and repeating patterns provides a different perspective on familiar places, allowing us to see the city in a new way.
White wall with symbols, Houston Street, 2012
Outdoor dining area with umbrellas, Battery Park, 2014
Oval shape with staircase, Washington Street, lower Manhattan, 1983
Viaduct, 12th Avenue at 125th Street, 2009
Ice floats, Hudson River near 42nd Street, 2003
Lincoln Center Plaza, 2011
Louis Vitton Store, 57th Street and 5th Avenue, 2011
Kaleidoscope painting on wall, Houston Street, 2012