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Photos Of Fifth Avenue, New York, In The 1970s

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Photo by Robert Iulo

Photo by Robert Iulo

“I’m a native New Yorker and still live in the City,” writes Robert Iulo. “In the 1970s I was a professional photographer doing portfolios for actors, models and dancers but what I really loved to do was street photography. I’d take my camera and roam a particular area of the city.”

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Photos of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain on a Summer’s Day in 1976

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Bethesda Fountain in 1976 | Photo by Robert Iulo

Bethesda Fountain in 1976 | Photo by Robert Iulo

Bethesda Fountain sits on the lower level of the terrace of New York’s City’s Central Park. The pool features Emma Stebbins’ Angel of the Water, a fountain statue unveiled in 1873. Beneath the angels spreading wings are four cherubs representing those archetypal New York values of Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace.

The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand — a symbol of the water’s purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established.

On one summer’s day in 1976, Robert Iulo photographed the people around the fountain.

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Danny Lyon’s Photos of New York City in the Summer of 1974

RKO Bushwick Theatre

RKO Bushwick Theatre in Brooklyn, July 1974

By Rob Baker, Flashbak

Danny Lyon was born in Brooklyn in March 1942 and was brought up in Kew Gardens, Queens. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Chicago where he graduated in 1963. That year he published his first photographs working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee where they appeared in The Movement, a book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

During the 1970s, he contributed to DOCUMERICA a project sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” in the USA from about 1972 to 1977. Many of the photographs, including those of Lyon’s, are the only distinct visual record of the time and place.

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge tower in Brooklyn, June 1974

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