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Guide to the Stephen Harmon Photographs
1942, 1968-2017
 PR 362

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 27, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series D.V. New York City "Street Show", 1995-2017. 11.2 Megabytes (18 digital images in JPG format)

Scope and Contents

Somewhat similar in scope to the Street Portraits series, this series includes images that center on people and the street life of New York City, beginning in the 1990s and extending into the twenty-first century. Unlike the earlier series, though, which tended to focus more tightly on "portraits" of individuals or couples/small groups, the "street show" series, to use a term Harmon often used in categorizing some of these images, tend to capture individuals in the context of some activity. These range from the quotodian, such as people waiting at a bus stop or children eating pizza, to the slapstick, such as a person slipping on ice, to the desperate, such as panhandling. Also unlike the content of Street Portraits, which was defined entirely by the photographer, this series includes both those images referred to as part of New York's "street show" by Harmon and similar images identified by the processing archivist. The container list descriptions were typically composed by the processing archivist in order to convey the literal content of the image; Harmon's email, preserved with the image, often includes his humorous captioning, his particular points of emphasis in the image, or other commentary.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in chronological order by the date of the photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Digital Folder: 20170403 Digital File : 1_1, email Busker with sign "Tell me off for $1.00" (1 photo + 1 email)
undated
Digital Folder: 20171016 Digital File : 1_1, email Woman and child at apartment window in Chinatown (1 photo + 1 email)
1981 December
Digital Folder: 20170616 Digital File : 2_1, email Panhandlers at car windows (1 photo + 1 email)
1995
Digital Folder: 20171020 Digital File : 2_1, email Woman getting a shoe shine on the street (1 photo + 1 email)
1998 January
Digital Folder: 20170814 Digital File : 3_1-2, email Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg (2 photos + 1 email)
circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170202 Digital File : 2_1, email Pedestrians in SoHo (1 photo + 1 email)
2004 September
Digital Folder: 20170514 Digital File : 4_1-3, email Chess players, Washington Square Park (3 photos + 1 email)
2006 October
Digital Folder: 20170609 Digital File : 1_1, email People waiting at bus stop. West 72nd Street (1 photo + 1 email)
2008 October
Digital Folder: 20150721 Digital File : 1_1, email 9th Avenue construction crew (1 photo + 1 email)
2015 July
Digital Folder: 20170319 Digital File : 1_1, email Man upside down having slipped on the snowy sidewalk (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 March?
Digital Folder: 20170327 Digital File : 2_1, email Woman sitting at sculpture of sitting woman (1 photo +1 email)
2017 March?
Digital Folder: 20170329 Digital File : 2_1, email Tattooed person (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 March?
Digital Folder: 20170331 Digital File : 1_1, email Nude in window overlooking High Line (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 March
Digital Folder: 20170419 Digital File : 1_1, email Dog in shopping cart pushed by pedestrian on 5th Avenue (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 April?
Digital Folder: 20170604 Digital File : 1_1, email Couple embracing (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 June 4
Digital Folder: 20170705 Digital File : 3_1, email Man smoking near medical care center (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 July 4
Digital Folder: 20171023 Digital File : 3_1, email Children and adults eating pizza, etc. on bench by a Starbucks (1 photo + 1 email)
2017 October 22

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