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New York Part II

  1. Can I get a print of this?

    Let me know

    Comment by Sonny Thakur — April 5, 2010 @ 5:43 am
  2. ich wollte wie immer ein paar fotos in den tabs daneben öffnen, die mir gefallen um sie dann im kommentar erwähnen zu können. ich hab so viele geöffnet, dass das seitwärts scrollen zu lange dauerte. lieber live über den hohen klee loben, bald, wenn wir es zusammen durchgehen (?)
    übrigens, it’d be nice of you’d mention, though, that i ALSO waited half an hour for YOU to arrive, just a few steps around this building in the middle no ones knows the name of, merci beaucoup. good night.

    Comment by mímí — April 5, 2010 @ 6:06 am
  3. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_01/IMG22820s.jpg

    that would make it worth the trip alone, one of your best. thanks for the show.

    Comment by z — April 5, 2010 @ 6:54 am
  4. One more great post. Both posts took me in NY as I were there.
    Are you going to publish the photo that Mendes took?
    And, which lens did you use here?

    Comment by David Sotosek — April 5, 2010 @ 7:14 am
  5. Marvellous! Nothing can relate how NYC and Photojournalism like how you do it! Great work, Severin! :)

    Comment by Wei Chuan — April 5, 2010 @ 7:29 am
  6. I’m very inspired by the posts!

    Thanks for sharing them Severin


    Comment by timothysim — April 5, 2010 @ 8:38 am
  7. Excellent pictures again, mate.
    Too many to fave. I have to come back again. My brain is a bit overdosed now after that many good shots! Looks like an apfelstrudel :)

    Comment by drivingyou — April 5, 2010 @ 9:22 am
  8. Hey you,
    i just found your blog and yeah…i’m jealous.
    Damn good pictures, perfect exposure.

    That one is my favorite, it has a lot of contrasts, not only in light.

    Hope i’ll see more of you :)


    Comment by Dominik — April 5, 2010 @ 11:05 am
  9. a personal touch to it all.. a great story.

    Comment by Georges Hattab — April 5, 2010 @ 11:38 am
  10. great entry. And about this part “walking around that art fair made me realize that (…) if i had titled this, it would be “clients, please!”" i completely agree. But oh well you know, Art has always mutated, artists used to work for the church, then there was a tiny period of time when they were actually starving and producing great stuff, and now they’re selling their asses. There’s such a lack of inspiration that the ugliest the piece is, the most “creative” people will think it is. Just like Lady Gaga ;) She’s the best example of record labels big lack of inspiration, so they make up a soup like her.
    But yeah. Like you said, there’s some good stuff out there. I just wished the gallery owners were had more integrity and were really there to promote art, and not show offs.

    Comment by charlotte — April 5, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
  11. Inded it was a pleasure to almost feel like I was in New York too!

    Comment by Salvador Bañó — April 5, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
  12. enjoyed it as always :)

    Comment by dtbsz — April 5, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
  13. das vorletzte!

    Comment by aschi — April 5, 2010 @ 12:54 pm
  14. severin du alter schlingel..tüchtig und kreativ zu gleich, ein leben für den moment;)

    schön, schön..

    vielleicht geht sich ein bier irgendwann mal aus!?

    ich empfehle dir den 10. april, jetzt samstag..bist herzlich eingeladen!!
    lg dario

    Comment by Dario — April 5, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
  15. Ohh I love the empty train photo! And the Diner one. And also this one: http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_02/Img23050s.jpg
    Looking at this post gives me the traveller’s itch :) Curious to see what you did with the Rollei!

    Comment by Suzan — April 5, 2010 @ 3:12 pm
  16. Hey,

    Besides being a superb entry, I also enjoyed the way you are with words. Especially the small paragraph on homeless people in New York. The tunnel vision thing.

    Most of your photos somehow don’t have the sense of time, which is pretty cool. They could well be from the 60′s or something. Maybe this is the New York touch, i don’t know. Anyways, great stuff. Cheers!

    Comment by Arda — April 5, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
  17. Great stuff Severin. Keep up all the great work. It was nice meeting you at the Leica Gallery, I look forward to your continued posts here.

    Comment by Cary — April 5, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
  18. Sev – there is simply too much to comment on.. so all I will say is – thanks for the inspiration!
    Also, it’s great you write about the technical info.. very useful and something not enough people do. It’s great you share stuff like that.

    Comment by Tanya — April 5, 2010 @ 6:02 pm
  19. Love it all the way! I’m so glad you’re keeping film alive and with such class!

    Comment by Rastislav — April 5, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
  20. Another great entry… Again, I’m overwhelmed by your great work :)
    Looking forward to seeing the Rolleiflex photos, If you’re going to post them.

    Comment by Jelle — April 5, 2010 @ 6:51 pm
  21. well … amazing work as usual, man.

    you should have taken a detour to l.a., though. ;)

    Comment by chris — April 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
  22. Lovely work because lovely soul!

    Comment by nicola — April 5, 2010 @ 8:58 pm
  23. I know that your blog is not about tutorials and all that but would you consider a post talking about your thought process and how you choose to expose? You get images with such striking contrast between the highlights and the shadows….I love it.
    Thanks for the consideration and the great tour of New York.

    Comment by Aaron — April 5, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
  24. Hi, Great post.
    I loved all the new york posts, very very goof.
    What leica model do you use? You shoot mainly 50mm?


    Comment by Avelino Oliveira — April 5, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
  25. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_03/thumbs/thumbs_Img23143s.jpg

    Ahah, that guy seems to spend his whole life in front of B&H. I saw him too when i was there (May ’09). Insane !

    Comment by photographil — April 5, 2010 @ 11:04 pm
  26. yes my dear, you’ve also waited for half an hour – i admit that is true.

    still, the reason why I’ve spent so much time in there and took photos was that I was waiting for you and I created these photos therefor. so it doesn’t make a difference who else was waiting and spending time in the grand central station for my photos.


    Comment by Severin Koller — April 6, 2010 @ 12:01 am
  27. to answer some questions:

    My camera setup for all photos i have blogged from New York was:

    Leica M6 with a summicron 35mm f2.0 2nd version
    Kodak PlusX 125asa and TriX 400asa without pushing either of those

    Developed with Kodak XTOL 1:1 dilution 21C +30 seconds extra
    Scanned with Nikon Coolscan V ED


    When i have the time, i’ll make a short movie about how i work, from how to see and react on things to how to develope and print it.. it’s one of the projects, don’t know if i can make it this year, would be great though.

    beside that, thank you all for the great support. it makes this blogging all worth it.


    Comment by Severin Koller — April 6, 2010 @ 12:11 am
  28. as a new yorker i must say that you captured the essence of the city in all its grittiness and ephemerality at times. i feel a sense of fragility in your photos. by displaying so many of new york’s stereotypes you’re somehow putting them in danger of not existing. in other words, it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible at times, to translate them into film. but you have managed that. while looking at your photos i felt like i was back home again (i am currently living abroad) experiencing everything that makes this city so incredible: the smells, the weather, the chaos, the largeness, the diversity etc.
    i immediately felt a visceral reaction to your series and THANK YOU for it. not many things have such a powerful effect on me lately.

    Comment by Alexis A. — April 6, 2010 @ 5:25 am
  29. Did you buy a new lens? I always thought you use Summaron…

    Comment by David Sotosek — April 6, 2010 @ 6:20 am
  30. I’m following your blog for a while now and the contrast between the highlights and shadows is really great as Aaron mentioned already. I couldn’t pick out any picture as my favourite I like them all and even though I haven’t been to NY yet, I could feel the city.
    I think I’m one of those waiting for the video about your workflow … “I bin scho g’spannt wia a Rexgummibanderl!”

    Looking forward for the next entries …

    Comment by Florian Szeywerth — April 6, 2010 @ 9:37 am
  31. just AWESOME….

    Comment by malte — April 6, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
  32. Severin, for the love of Leica please do not make us wait until you put together a video! We’ll all be dead and gone. You don’t have that kind of time. You’ve already been in the very awesome video Weeks did. You’re the mysterious young gun with the cool accent that leaves us wanting more….it’s a beautiful thing. Wait for the BBC to call and do up an introspective of your life and your work for the next video.
    All the faithful are asking for is a little amuse bouche of a blog post about how you meter/expose/see/think when you are seeing/capturing a scene. Particularly those high contrast scenes that are part of your signature look. Heck make it an ebook and sell it…but at the very least give us something to tide us over until the BBC calls. ;)

    Comment by Aaron — April 6, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
  33. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_03/img23127s.jpg

    this is my favourite. wonderful photos, well worth waiting for. i too enjoy the stories…even the one about the lady stealing your seat on the bench. only 1 digital photo? never temped to capture the colour? very interesting :)


    Comment by claire — April 6, 2010 @ 11:07 pm
  34. always looking forward to your updates. they never disappoint :)

    Comment by Renze — April 7, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
  35. hoer bitte auf so geile fotos zu machen, ich platze jetzt bald mal vor lauter neid! wie schon so oft – geniale stimmungen und endgeiles licht teilweise! danke und bitte weiter so :)

    Comment by haemma — April 7, 2010 @ 3:13 pm
  36. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_02/thumbs/thumbs_Img23057s.jpg



    How do you take photos like the one of the woman reading a book without people going nuts?

    Comment by James Bardolph — April 7, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
  37. Wahnsinn, ich finde es immer wieder unglaublich…du erwischt da wirklich immer den perfekten Moment, das richtige Licht, alles passt einfach. Bitte mach weiter so, davon kriegt man nicht genug.

    Comment by Thomas — April 7, 2010 @ 6:57 pm
  38. Brilliant work. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Adam T. — April 8, 2010 @ 6:34 am
  39. Very nice indeed , lost a day watching your photos :)
    Really made my day …

    Comment by Redy — April 8, 2010 @ 8:49 pm
  40. the nerd in me sez “how the fuck…?” (technical stuff like metering, and, are you a ninja?, and, as someone that grew up in NYC, what big balls you have, or, how do you avoid getting punched in the face?!), the human in me sez… wow. Can “it” be taught, or, is it in the soul?

    whatever it is… thanks.

    Comment by christian — April 9, 2010 @ 5:44 am
  41. i like the new size of photos even though they take a bit longer to load, they’re worth waiting for. and it is amazing how strong the contrast in many of this entry’s photos.. the first couple of shot for example. and the framed legs photo at the station when you were waiting for someone to pass by, dude.. the story is so chillin’ i can imagine how awesome the feeling was when you saw how the frame turned out..
    still i looked at some photos and wondered why did you choose to post them, i guess you have left the standard up so high that an okay photo which is not something special, visually speaking, would bring some questions.. specially that no description of it .. don’t know if you got me here.

    cheers for sharing, teaching, inspiring and supporting.. needless to say Amazing Work..

    Comment by shadi — April 9, 2010 @ 11:53 am
  42. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_03/img23127s.jpg

    Very sweet and beautiful, two words I rarely use. There’s something about it I can’t get enough of.

    Comment by Jerry Oswalt III — April 9, 2010 @ 8:28 pm
  43. One of the best entries ever. Love every single one of the photos. And god damn, New York is beautiful.

    Comment by Tiit — April 10, 2010 @ 11:07 am
  44. fantastic entry, you never cease to amaze.

    I’ve been following your work since back in the day and I must say I’m loving your evolution as a photographer.

    keep up the good work,

    Comment by RM — April 11, 2010 @ 3:37 pm
  45. i’m amazed…!

    Comment by Edyta — April 11, 2010 @ 9:16 pm
  46. another interesting set of images – travelling through your images is always an adventure — natural light — never ceases to amaze — later days

    Comment by Jessel — April 12, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
  47. Awesome. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Pekka — April 15, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
  48. hi,

    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate and admire your work. Your Street photography is wonderful you inspire me to continue with what Ilove ….

    Thanks again


    Comment by Simon Johnson — April 18, 2010 @ 8:52 am
  49. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_03/img23627s.jpg das find ich noch sehr nett, hast nicht in der Galerie der Website drin ..

    Comment by Sebastian — April 20, 2010 @ 8:04 pm
  50. Great Severin,what can i say… deliciouses
    B/w is beautifull, i would like to get one print, how is that possible?

    Comment by Filipe Carneiro — April 21, 2010 @ 11:06 am
  51. wahnsinn wie toll!

    Comment by Armin — April 23, 2010 @ 6:59 am
  52. Really enjoyed it. Great work.

    Comment by Drake — April 24, 2010 @ 3:31 am
  53. Hi Severin,
    Great pictures, your idea of making one video of your workflow is the best,i t will be a great inspiration.

    Comment by Filipe Carneiro — April 24, 2010 @ 11:39 pm
  54. I think you inadvertently photographed the winner of models of the runway show…. in this image http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/nyc_2_03/Img23168s.jpg
    watch this video well maybe not the whole thing


    Comment by Alex — April 29, 2010 @ 12:18 am
  55. hey alex, you were right it’s kalyn hemphill !

    ..i’ve sent her the photo and she confirmed it’s her.

    funny !


    Comment by severin — May 1, 2010 @ 9:49 am
  56. Yet another brilliant piece! Motivate yourself Severin! The streets and life out there are calling for you!

    Comment by Wei Chuan — May 3, 2010 @ 2:19 am
  57. Very inspiring collection, great job!

    Comment by Amer — May 11, 2010 @ 9:45 am
  58. You absolutely need to make a book or sell prints of these photos, man.

    I would buy both in a SECOND.

    Can’t wait until your next update.

    Comment by Joseph Bayot — June 10, 2010 @ 9:19 pm
  59. I was introduced to your site by one of my friend, it seems that your work has inspired him and me as well. I enjoyed looking through your blog here and it make me wonder if i can do the same thing as what you did on your trip to NY.

    Best of luck, looking forward on your next entry. :D

    Comment by Kinoz — June 13, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
  60. Severin….Great work! Really inspired me to use my M6 again. It has been neglected for so long. And this is the type of images I love to take. If Bresson inspired me years ago to start photography, you inspire me now to take images again.
    I visited your website. I first saw you in Chris Weeks documentary video about “documenting human condition”

    Comment by Riko — November 29, 2010 @ 8:26 am
  61. great images; you really capture the drama and beauty of urban life.

    Comment by jorge — January 17, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

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