A New York Taxi Driver’s Photographic Portrait of the City from His Window

Photographer David Bradford spent his early life studying dance, music, and illustration. After leaving a job in Saks Fifth Avenue’s advertising department, he became a freelancer hoping to find more time for independent projects. He also started driving a taxi in 1990. It didn’t take long for Bradford to begin taking photos from the window of his cab, which he intended to use as references for drawings. But by 1993, he embraced the photographic medium and his own unique portrait of the city. The images, which capture everyday scenes and serendipitous moments, were published in his first book Drive-By Shootings and later in The New York Taxi Back Seat Book. We first learned about the photos on Juxtapoz, which we feature in our gallery.