Taxi Driver Spent 20 Years Photographing His Passengers In NYC • MetDaan

Taxi Driver Spent 20 Years Photographing His Passengers In NYC

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Becoming a photographer in NYC is the dream of many people who have a passion for photography. One of them is Ryan Weideman. He decided to move to NYC back in 1980 to become a street photographer. Soon after he rented a small studio apartment and was in need of quick money for a rent. So, inspired by his neighbor who was a taxi driver, he had the brilliant idea to drive a taxi and transform it into a studio. Weideman had already graduated from the California College of Arts & Crafts, so he was previously influenced by other successful photographers. In the city that never sleeps, he was ferrying party-goers between 5 pm and 5 am on weekends. Not long after he decided to take along his camera, and make some incredibly beautiful photographs.

“After the first week of driving a taxi I could see the photographic potential,” Ryan says. “So many interesting and unusual combinations of people getting into my cab. Photographing seemed like the only thing to do. The backseat image was constantly in a state of flux, thronged with interesting looking people that were exciting and inspired, creating their own unique atmosphere”

Here is some of them, courtesy of Bored Panda.

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1. Self-Portrait with ladies & dog, 1998

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2. Untitled

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3. Six girls crack up, 1982

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4. Untitled

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5. You put me on ecstasy when you ride next to me, 1982

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6. In the shadows, Lower East Side, 1992

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7. Self-Portrait with Transvestite, 1997

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8. Snake people, Lower East Side, 1984

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9. Ruby Duby Do, 1982

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10. Riding with dream lovers in love, 1983

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11. Untitled

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12.Untitled

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13. Short ride in a fast machine, 1984

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14. Beauty aloof, 1982

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15. Odalisque in the back of a hack, 1982

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16. Untitled

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17. 8 punk rockers, 1982

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18. The loneliness of the front seat, 1997

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19. Self-portrait with Dianne Brill, 1986

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20. Would you like some candy cabbie?, 1982

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21.Mystery couple, 1998

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22. Untitled

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23. Homage to Robert Frank, 1997

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24. Untitled

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25. Self-portrait with cowboy, 1998

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26. Untitled

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27. Trigger happy, pop! See what-cha made me do, 1983

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28. Self-portrait with passenger Allen Ginsberg, 1990

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Source: Ryan Weideman
From: boredpanda

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