Photo Hunt: Hester Street

Hester Street, with its open-air pushcart market, was once the bustlingcenter of immigrant Jewish life on the Lower East Side. By the 1940s, many vendors had moved their wares indoors. In 1945 Sol Libsohn, one of the founders of the Photo League, photographed the storefront of 88 Hester Street. This tenement building, located on a [...]

Photo Hunt: The Wishing Tree

From 1936 to 1940, Aaron Siskind led a group project at the Photo League focusing on one of New York City’s most vibrant communities—Harlem. Perhaps his most beloved image from this Harlem Document series is his photograph of a group of young, black boys gathered around a tree stump. They look rather dapper in their [...]

Photo Hunt: Sidewalk Clock

If you’ve ever been to the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan, you may have noticed something rather curious: a working clock embedded in the sidewalk. Barthman Jewelers planted it in the pavement in front of their store in 1899. It was a clever publicity stunt for the shop, which specializes in [...]