Why we’re the photographers of the future

CTA ridership is down 20% since 2009, a big reason why we’re struggling to capture the sights and sounds of New York City.

Here are five of the photographers who’re doing a better job of capturing the cityscape.


David Bowers (NYC Photographer) David Bower’s work has been featured on Buzzfeed, TIME, and The New York Times, and he has shot the likes of a George Clooney wedding, the first lady of Argentina, and Donald Trump.

But his work has also been published in the New York Post, The Washington Post, and Vanity Fair.

He says he is inspired by the work of “anyone who is creative or curious, and can find something new.”

Bowers says that “a lot of people have this idea of photography as an art, as a way to capture a moment and express something,” but he sees it as a “creative expression.”

“Photography has been a form of expression for me for the last 20 years, and I think it’s the way I’ll continue to express myself.”


Ryan Pankow (NYT Photographer) Panko is a New York native who moved to the city in 2011 to pursue a career in photography.

He has worked for publications like the New Yorker and The Washington Times and has also covered weddings, festivals, and other events.

Pankowsky is known for his “real-time, unvarnished take on life,” and he’s also a member of the New Society for Creative Photography, the largest professional association for photographers in the United States.


Robert Haggerty (NYPD Photographer) In 2016, Robert Haganty was shot by police officers during a domestic violence incident, and his career has taken off in recent years.

In his latest book, “A Man’s Place,” Haganterty tells the story of his career, from his childhood in New York to the rise of Occupy Wall Street, and beyond.


Scott Doolittle (NYP Photographer) Doolittles work has featured in The New Yorker, the New Republic, and the New Statesman, and recently he worked with the NYPD on a story on police brutality.

Doollettys photographs of New Yorkers’ lives have also been featured in Vice, Esquire, and many other publications.


Joon Kim (NYS Magazine Photographer) Joon was born in Korea and moved to New York with his family when he was seven years old.

His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and New York Magazine, and now he’s the founder of JoonKim Photography.

He describes himself as a photographer “who is constantly looking for new things to do.”

Kim has also worked for The New Republic and TIME Magazine.


John McBride (NYTimes Photographer) McBride has worked as a freelance photographer for The Times, as well as for Esquire and Time.

His photos have been featured at the cover of The Washington Blade, and at the New Orleans Film Festival.


Andrew Tapp (NYG Magazine Photographer and former NYPD Officer) Tapp was the NYPD’s first photojournalist and worked with NYPD and NYC departments from 2007-2011.

His career has been largely centered on the news, and since 2012, he has worked in the newsroom at The New Orleans Times-Picayune and at The Times.


Matthew DeLuca (NYPI Photography) DeLucas, a New Yorker born and raised in New Jersey, has worked extensively in New Orleans.

He started at The Atlantic City Press in 2006 and worked there until 2012.

He is currently the senior photography editor at The Daily Beast, and has worked with The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Surgery, The New Journal of Biology, and several other publications as well.


Andrew Stearns (NYCP photographer) Stears is a photographer and educator whose work has received praise for its diversity.

His photographs have been published at The Wall St. Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and The Chicago Tribune.

Stearnes says he has learned to focus on “the most interesting moments, and what really matters in our society.”


Michael Ozzi (New York City Magazine Photographer & New York Police Commissioner) Ozzi has worked on the streets of New New York for more than 30 years, having started his career as a newspaper reporter in 1993.

In 2017, Ozzi took a leave of absence from the NYPD to launch his own photography company, New Yorkers Photography.

Ozzi is the owner of the Photography Works NYC studio, and says his work is “focused on finding new ways to capture and communicate our world.”


Brian Murphy (NYDaily News Photographer & Police Commissioner & Founder of Photography Works) Murphy has been on the front lines of New Jersey’s drug war, the civil rights movement, and more