Black and White Magic

Hailing a cab in New York City 1956

Hailing a cab in New York City 1956

New York woman

New York woman

Manhattan 1957

Manhattan 1957

5th Avenue and 53rd Street -With A View Of Saint Thomas' Church( 1915)

5th Avenue and 53rd Street -With A View Of Saint Thomas' Church( 1915)

New York,1947. Photo: Saul Leiter  

New York,1947. Photo: Saul Leiter

 

Times Square, Dusk.1948. Photo: Rudy Burckhardt

Times Square, Dusk.1948. Photo: Rudy Burckhardt

Leonard Cohen During His Chelsea Hotel Period In The 1970s

Leonard Cohen During His Chelsea Hotel Period In The 1970s

Scarf, 1948. Photo: Saul Leiter

Scarf, 1948. Photo: Saul Leiter

Hollywood, 1957.

Hollywood, 1957.

France, 1942. Photo: Brassaï

France, 1942. Photo: Brassaï

Rue des Plantes, 1950. Photo: Todd Webb

Rue des Plantes, 1950. Photo: Todd Webb

Marilyn Monroe, 1962. Photo: Lawrence Schiller

Marilyn Monroe, 1962. Photo: Lawrence Schiller

212 East 14th St (between 2nd and 3rd ave), NYC, 1992. Photo: Ann Sanfedele

212 East 14th St (between 2nd and 3rd ave), NYC, 1992. Photo: Ann Sanfedele

Hailing a cab in New York City 1956

Hailing a cab in New York City 1956

JFK, New York City, 1963.

JFK, New York City, 1963.

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris,1958. Photo: Lewis Morley

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris,1958. Photo: Lewis Morley

Debbie Harry, NYC, 1978. Photo: STEPHANIE CHERNIKOWSKI

Debbie Harry, NYC, 1978. Photo: STEPHANIE CHERNIKOWSKI

Times Square, New York, 1959. Photo: Bedrich Grunzweig

Times Square, New York, 1959. Photo: Bedrich Grunzweig

Washington Square, NYC, 1945. Photo: Arthur Leipzig

Washington Square, NYC, 1945. Photo: Arthur Leipzig

42nd Street NYC, 1982. Photo by: Steven Huszar

42nd Street NYC, 1982. Photo by: Steven Huszar

Lenox Avenue and 116th Street. Harlem, NY. Early 1960s. Photo: Shawn Walker

Lenox Avenue and 116th Street. Harlem, NY. Early 1960s. Photo: Shawn Walker

James Dean, New York City, 1955. photo by: Dennis Stock

James Dean, New York City, 1955. photo by: Dennis Stock

Venice, 1976. Photo By: Anthony Friedkin

Venice, 1976. Photo By: Anthony Friedkin

Life on these pictures were perfect. The pictures are the absolute when it comes to perfection, why did anyone think we ever had to evolve from this? Why did anyone think they could ever make it better? Cameras have become technically better, clearer and whatnot, but no camera could take better pictures than these. Style have become more individual, daring and exciting, but no one looks better styled than people in these pictures. Buildings have become larger, more advanced and there are a lot more buildings now, but the cities doesn't look any better now than they did then. Movie stars have become thinner, smarter about what they say on camera and their teeth are whiter, but they were never more beautiful, mysterious and adored than they were then. Why did we ever think it could get better than this? 

I know I look at this time of the world with rose tainted glasses. We live in a fantastic time right now, but at the same time, what happened? I find these photos so captivating and beautiful. I want to be them and live them. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do