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Photographer Emine Ziyatdinova introduced herself to Yuriy Shelkaev while pursuing a long-term project on the Russian immigrant community in Brighton Beach. A self-proclaimed psychic and spiritual healer, he told her that their meeting was destined.
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When Israeli photographer Natan Dvir first visited New York City, the skyscrapers and larger-than-life advertisements overwhelmed him. Everything was branded. He had never seen billboards at ground level before and was struck by the juxtaposition between the giant advertisements and the pedestrians on the street.
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On her way to the grocery store or laundry, Melissa Kirschenheiter would pass a barbershop in New York’s Harlem area. She noticed barbers and customers drinking and listening to music and was intrigued. “It felt like a dance club,” Kirschenheiter said. “It did not feel like a barbershop.”
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In 1946, as a 15-year-old, Harold Feinstein picked up a Kodak Vigilant camera and began shooting. Now at 81, he has six decades of photographs from Coney Island, along with images from around the world, some of which are published in his new book, "Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective."
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Though he was a graphic designer by trade, Leon Levinstein’s photographs appeared in books and magazines in the 1950s and 60s. Even as a master of street photography, he was not interested in fame or glory. He captured people in natural moments, often remaining unnoticed himself.
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Brian Finke is known for his vivid photography of select groups of individuals capturing the worlds of flight attendants, cheerleaders, football players and bodybuilders. In 2008, just before the building boom ended in New York, Finke’s focus turned toward the men and women in construction.