During the confinement that we lived through last year and everything that we have of pandemic we were showing you projects of all kinds that arose and the photos of those who could venture through the empty city streets to capture unusual scenes under normal circumstances. But new projects keep coming out like ‘The City that finally sleeps‘ from Mark Seliger, a portrait of the “city that never sleeps” when it has no choice but to do so and which has materialized in a book for charitable purposes.
A project that defines as “a celebration of resilience and hope“which is made up of images of the practically empty streets of New York that photographer Mark Seliger (an American with a long career who has excelled especially in the field of portraiture and has worked for magazines such as Rolling stone, Vanity fair, Vogue Y GQ), toured camera in hand back in March and April 2020, in the worst times of COVID-19.
The result is about hauntingly beautiful cityscapesAs surely everyone who has ever visited the Big Apple, a city (almost) always bustling and full of people, will agree. However, given the circumstances, there are hardly any people in the images, which causes a deep uneasiness in the viewer and even in New Yorkers themselves, who probably will not be able to recognize some of the places so empty.
Some pictures beautiful and distressing while, as we said, have been turned into a book of the same name that can be purchased on this website and whose benefits are destined to the NGO New York Cares, which is helping those who have suffered the most from the consequences of the pandemic.
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Photographs by Mark Seliger reproduced with permission of the author for this article