New Yorkers By A Bronx-born Photographer: Larry Silver

September 9, 2016 | BTSNYC
Culture Music NY Historical Society Photographer Larry Silver 1949 1955

Larry Silver, a Bronx-born photographer, has 45 photographs of everyday New Yorkers and major New York City sites taken during a transformative period in history on view at The NY Historical Society.

Culture Music NY Historical Society Photographer Larry Silver 1949 1955
Photo Credits: Larry Silver, Boy on Rooftop, 1951. Gelatin silver print. Gift of William and Jeryl Silverstein, Collection of the New-York Historical Society, 90429d

The exhibition called “Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949 – 1955” will be live through December 4th, 2016.

“This new exhibition highlighting Silver’s early works captures the day-to-day life in the city’s post-World War II urban environment that has since largely disappeared.

Although not one of the greats, it is great seeing the city through a native’s eyes at this time in our history.”

Also, you’ll be able to see a bit of New York City though his eyes. The landmarks registered are spots like the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the famous Empire State Building and our gorgeous Central Park. He also registered Penn Station – the original masterpiece – before it was torn down to open space to the Madison Square Garden.

The launch of the United Nations headquarters – an important moment for the city. Plus, other spots like river piers and subway stations!

Larry Silver was born in 1934, in the Bronx. His passion for photography started at a very early age when he began the pursuit for a photography career. His work captures places he has lived like New York City, California and Connecticut to name a few. The pictures are portrayed in black and white.

Lastly, his work has been exhibited in some of the best museums across the U.S. like the Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and several more!

This Bronx-born photographer had created a fantastic photograph collection of New York City.

Here is a little bit more on The NY Historical Society, located on the Upper West Side.

It’s located beside the American Museum of Natural History. You can plan your visit to both locations on the same day.

Believe it or not, the NY Historical Society is the oldest museum in NYC, founded in 1804. It opened 70 year before the launch of the famous MET. Their art work collection is breathtaking, and units over 1.6 million pieces of history.

As they explain, they are:

“…dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today.”

Take a look at this NYC treasure:

If you’re planning to attend the museum and would like to book a tour, let us organize everything for you.

We’ve worked with several companies organizing cultural tours for them too, so contact us if you’d like to schedule an experience for your team.

Location: 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)


Text by our Friend and Contributor: Jason Homa
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The NY Historical Society
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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