~ Albert Einstein
Samuel Herman Gottscho (1875–1971) got his first camera when he was just out of his teens, but he didn't become a professional photographer until he was 50 years old. Fortunately, he lived to be 96, so he had plenty of time to create tens of thousands of images. Among them are some of my favorite photos of New York City.
Gottscho portrays Manhattan as I prefer to imagine it — mysterious, complex, majestic, fascinating, dangerous. A place where anything might happen. Or so it seems in my mind's eye.
All of the photos that follow are part of the Samuel H. Gottscho collection of the Museum of the City of New York. The first, taken in daylight, is Gotham — a city where superheroes and rocketmen hover just out of camera range. In the remaining images, Gottscho has captured the mysterious soul of the city at night.
|Aerial view of midtown Manhattan looking south 1931|
|Central Park 1930|
|East 59th Street 1933|
|Around City Hall Park 1930|
|Empire State 1930|
|Times Square 1930|
|Times Square at 46th Street 1932|
"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
~ Oscar Wilde