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2020-01-23 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Photographer Scott Frances turns his lens from interiors to cityscapes, capturing the romance of New York.
Central Park West and 63rd Street

“I am particularly attracted to shooting at night or in wet weather. I find that this is when the city gleams, reflections are more abstract, and the streets look and feel their most romantic,” says New York-based architectural photographer Scott Frances. He laments the loss of the grittier incarnation of the city he knew so well in the 70s. “My favorite neighborhoods to shoot in the city are downtown, Tribeca, SoHo, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, where vestiges of old New York can still be found.” The dramatic transformation of the city in recent decades has helped shape Frances’ work and is manifested in his images, which contrast the old and the new—a poetic counterpoint between urban grit and visionary renewal.

The Waldorf Astoria, 50th Street and Park Avenue
Gansevoort and Little West 12th Streets
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