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Noir Black-and-White Photographs of NYC Capture the Power of the City

Most people think of New York City as a lively place bustling with millions of colorful characters. But Geneva-based photographer Alex Teuscher captured a different side of New York in his dramatic series entitled “New York City: Above as Below,” named for the architecture (above) and the people (below).

In his chilling photos, Teuscher portrays in dark lighting iconic NYC sights like Times Square, Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building. By starting with black-and-white film and applying a variety of post-processing techniques, Teuscher transforms the vibrant and energetic city into a mysterious, and somewhat eerie, one. The result is a muscular New York City.

In discussing his series, Teuscher told Peta Pixel, “All these shots were taken pretty much following the usual tourist trail in Manhattan.” He continued:

A the locations along that trail are iconic for a reason… I wanted to present them differently however, like the Chrysler and Empire state buildings in different compositions than they are usually seen in. I also wanted black and white, to really simplify and make it about light, contrast, and strength of composition in the street scenes below and in the architecture above.

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