This website and my photography are reflections of my love affair with New York City.  My favorite photographers are those who captured NYC in the early years of photography:  Bernice Abbott, Jacob Riis, Marvin and Morgan Smith in Harlem, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and James Van Der Zee.  Edward Steichen said it best:

“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited and the wealth and confusion man has created.” 

Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I moved to New York City the summer of 1968 when folk music reigned in the Village and flower children stood in line at the Fillmore East to get tickets to rock concerts by the Doors, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplan and others.  

I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Journalism and a MA in Dramatic Art.   Now retired, I worked for over 30 years in the city’s nonprofit field.

Photography is a hobby.  My work has appeared in TIME OUT NEW YORK and BCN (Breaking Christian News) and been exhibited at the Greenwich Arts Council’s Arts to the Avenue Summer Festival in Greenwich, Connecticut and at the New York City Photo Club's Fifth As We See It exhibits at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village, New York, NY.

It should be clear from these pages that I am a "cityophile."  Photographing New York City, most of all, is fun and one is never without subjects.  At times it can be frustrating particularly when traffic lights, street lights, construction, a bus, pedestrians or a group of tourists get in the way of the shot you envisioned.  Comments and suggestions are welcomed.  Submit to:  Ronald Spainhour.