New York City… it can inspire you or it can break your heart. It’s a sad place when you’re alone, it’s a dangerous place when you’re angry and it’s a horrible place if you’re poor. It can be the most exciting place in the world, or the most alienating and the loneliest. It can lift you up to the sky, or it can push you down to the gutter. There is no middle ground and, often, the heights are completely out of reach. All that glitters is not gold.
Nick Tauro Jr. is a photographer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Image making is his life; it’s his passion. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University and has also been an invited attendee at the prestigious Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. Nick’s work has been exhibited in multiple group shows, both nationally and internationally. We are featuring images from a recent zine that Nick published entitled ‘New York, You’re Bringing Me Down’.
“I grew up just outside of New York City and, because of this proximity, ‘the City’ has always held a fascination for me. Although I now live two thousand miles away in New Mexico, I still have the opportunity to travel back to New York on an annual basis. I have seen the city change dramatically over the decades I’ve been away. My most recent trip found me in a state of anxiety and darkness. The wonder and amazement one might feel on the streets of New York are instead replaced by feelings of harsh judgement and loathing. I believe this is reflected in the work shown here. Coincidentally, during this visit to New York, I was able to attend exhibits by William Eggleston and Stephen Shore. I can see their influence clearly in this body of work.”
See more of Nick’s work at:
You can also buy copies of the zine here.
All images copyright Nick Tauro Jr.