Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Pedestrians weave their way through traffic.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Ernst Haas is considered one of the pioneers of color photography and one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Taking up photography after World War II, his early work on the returning prisoners of war caught the attention of LIFE magazine.

Haas later declined their job offer as a staff photographer, deciding that he did not want to be limited by the magazine’s restrictive scope. Instead, in 1949, he joined the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos at the invitation of another acclaimed photographer, Robert Capa. He began his experiments with Kodachrome color film soon after moving to the United States. In 1953, his groundbreaking 24-page photo essay on New York City in color was published by LIFE.

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A homeless man searches through trash cans for something to eat while 3 women behind carrying laden shopping bags.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

People walking.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Blurred shot of people and traffic.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A vendor waits in his car by the paintings he has for sale which are displayed on a sidewalk wall.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A group of people waiting to cross a busy road.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A man reading a book while sitting on a Plymouth.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A driver pointing from a car window.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

‘Clothes dealer’ talks to a prospective customer on the pavement.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

An elderly man dressed all in black crosses over East 38th Street.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Horse-drawn carriages line 59th Street waiting for a fare.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Pedestrians crossing a street full of cars and yellow cabs on a dark, wet day.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A street vendor pushes his hot dog stand through Greenwich Village.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Two cloaked figures, probably nuns, standing outside a church.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

People celebrating in Washington Square Park.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A pair of lovers on the grass in Washington Square Park.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A man selling hot knishes and potato kasha from a barrow.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Hat in hand, a man leans against kerbside railings.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A man resting on bench during a sunny day.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Three yellow taxis at a street crossing.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Traffic reflected in the windows of an office building.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Rows of box-like terraced houses of various colours in Queens.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A girl enjoys a swing in a city playground.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Traffic and people on a busy road mirrored on a window.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

A man selling pretzels from a barrow.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Cars streaming along a three-lane highway during rush hour.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

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