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Workshop related:

Chris Weeks and I will have a ‘Street is Serious’ workshop in Berlin from 23rd to 24th July. If you are interested just mail to: streetisserious@gmail.com

Blog related:

After the workshop in Los Angeles, I decided to fly to New York for a couple of days. It was a spontaneous decision – finding a place to stay over night wasn’t always easy, but my friends Phil and Lark helped me out a lot.

Photography related, it was a lot different than the first time being in New York. I remember that in 2010, when i was staying for almost 3 weeks, I came back home with a bunch of quite ‘spectacular’ frames. I thought New York was a never ending source for street shots.

This year, I’ve only stayed for half the time and unlike 2010, I was not that lucky with the weather. Instead of snow and sunshine like last year, it was overcast and raining most of the times. So I tried to shoot in a few other places than last year, trying to avoid copying my own photos from 2010.

After my stay in the US i had 101 Rolls (mixed 120 and 135) of film. There are still a couple  I haven’t developed.. but I felt like blogging now.

  1. Nice photos as usual. Awesome tones and sharpness in all images. I am getting the hang of what your subject matter is! E.g. the photo of the two backs of two people, one dark one light, with similar hair. Very you!

    Comment by jono — June 13, 2011 @ 1:29 pm
  2. Amazing entry. The fact you shot only with Rolleiflex in beginning and only with Leica in the end is actually pretty interesting, I think it helped you create even better photos as you were limited with only one camera. I think this time you actually made better shots than during your first trip to NY. Congrats.
    I have a question for you. I am in a process of buying used M6 after one year of shooting with a lent one. And I need a lens, but Leica lenses are way too expensive 16-year-student’s budget. Do you have any cheap recommendations? Preferred focal length is between 28mm and 50mm, 35mm would be the best.

    Comment by David — June 13, 2011 @ 2:31 pm
  3. i really enjoy your posts – i actually look forward to them.

    you’re images with the rolleiflex is very different than those made with the leica. not better nor less impressive – just different – different tools for different images, i guess.

    due to some recent events in my family it doesn’t seem likely that i’ll be able to join the sis in berlin, which is a major bummer. i’m trying to make it happen, though, but it’s kind of out of my hands.


    Comment by morgan — June 13, 2011 @ 4:36 pm
  4. beautiful and inspiring frames, as usual. a few that especially caught my eye:

    so many things going on here, and great juxtaposition of the people in hoverounds vs the jumping skateboarder.

    classic new york.


    just great frames!

    Comment by meredith — June 13, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
  5. I thought I was going to go to sleep after editing photos. Nothing has been happening on the list of blogs I watch, but as usual I double check anyway.

    Kept me awake a bit longer. The one of the Jewish dude jumping into the old school bus – awesome, I’d love that print one day.


    Comment by The Goats Gruff — June 13, 2011 @ 5:18 pm
  6. Beautiful stuff! I love the grittiness and sort of graphic nature of your work. And, a big thanks for cheering me up abit in the midst of all the current university exam shit :)

    All the best!

    Comment by Johan Lindén — June 13, 2011 @ 5:53 pm
  7. I’m from North of NYC –Westchester County– and I can say these certainly capture the spirit and mood of NYC. Truly admire this beautifully executed street photography.

    Comment by Luis — June 13, 2011 @ 6:10 pm
  8. Lots of great images here. I’ll be posting some of NY street images over at my blog soon.

    Such a great little burg, en?

    ~ Mark

    Comment by JerseyStyle Photography — June 13, 2011 @ 6:21 pm
  9. Once again a lot of great photos.
    101 rolls? How do manage to develop and scan so much material?
    I would appreciate to learn about your workflow…


    Comment by Volker — June 13, 2011 @ 7:10 pm
  10. I’m going to NY tomorrow and wasn’t looking forward to it that much. This helped.

    Comment by Ben — June 13, 2011 @ 7:31 pm
  11. Thanks for this nice entry Sev, it made my day!

    Comment by Ali — June 13, 2011 @ 8:35 pm
  12. I always love the ones taken with the Rolleiflex. Which one do you prefer to shoot with?


    Comment by Andrew — June 14, 2011 @ 1:03 am
  13. Great post as usual keep then comming

    Comment by Edgar — June 14, 2011 @ 2:43 am
  14. Dude! These pictures are great. i especially love the one of the dude with the white beard and the books! very cinematic!

    Comment by joel — June 14, 2011 @ 7:16 am
  15. They are all great, of course, but the school bus is somehow outstanding!

    Comment by andreios — June 14, 2011 @ 8:25 am
  16. i want this print http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/ny2011_7/Img29176s.jpg =D

    Comment by Vitor Silva — June 14, 2011 @ 11:15 am
  17. GREAT post! You have an eye for spotting the offbeat and making it work very well! + I’ve never been to NY, and most photos I’ve seen are very plastic; yours are very real and personal!

    Comment by Cassie Feliziani — June 14, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
  18. Great shots – an inspiration as always!

    Comment by Joel — June 14, 2011 @ 2:52 pm
  19. thanks severin. did you get to the icp/erwitt exhibit while in town? maybe it wasn’t up yet. let us know if you will be back in the fall. fond of these,


    Comment by zs — June 15, 2011 @ 12:05 am
  20. Great post. Nippon Camera Service is great, they fixed my rangefinder a few months back and the turn around time was fast, nice guy too. Great work Sev keep it up dude.

    Comment by Dwayne — June 15, 2011 @ 1:38 am
  21. Man…I love when you post new blogs.

    Such a pleasure. Thank you.

    Next time you’re in NYC, it better be for an exhibition of your photos! =)

    Comment by Joseph Bayot — June 15, 2011 @ 2:35 am
  22. Great photos. You’ve captured spirit and emotion of NYC

    Comment by Ewanglee — June 15, 2011 @ 7:33 am
  23. ‘tiny tourist taking picture of the flat iron building’ – as a huge fan of your photography i feel obligated to ask you not to loose your modesty; does really every one else is a tourist on the streets? please.

    Comment by fp — June 16, 2011 @ 8:36 am
  24. New york with a Leica, classic stuff, there are some really nice things here

    Comment by Jerome — June 16, 2011 @ 10:30 pm
  25. Great photographs. Was wondering what film and ISO you use with the Rollei.
    Is the Rollei being more a part of your work flow as you go on.

    Comment by Damien Begovic — June 18, 2011 @ 4:35 am
  26. Keep up the good work!!!

    Comment by checkersf — June 18, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
  27. Nice shots Severin, I love your work, keep it up!

    Comment by Joan Quirós — June 18, 2011 @ 7:16 pm
  28. Just a quick suggestion Sev; If I were you I would have suppressed the border around the pictures on this blog because on square photos the result is a bit strange.

    Maybe I’m the only one to care, cheers ;)

    Comment by Ali — June 19, 2011 @ 1:49 am
  29. I visited New York now Severin, though I never been there.
    Is there no hostile reaction of a subject you framed captured?
    I would love to hear the answer on that as I’m still afraid to shoot for real on the street while people often look me very angry in the face…

    Comment by Reiner — June 23, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
  30. Everything on your blog is awesome. Cheers!

    Comment by Duds Asuncion — June 23, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
  31. i like all of your shots and your way of capture .

    Comment by Ameen Eid — June 28, 2011 @ 6:28 pm
  32. The light is beautiful in the shot with the late night snack … :)

    Comment by sidenstein filmproduktion — June 30, 2011 @ 10:11 am
  33. The baby dolls are kinda scary. But I really like the cutout trees!

    Comment by mathias kohl fotografie — June 30, 2011 @ 10:14 am
  34. Oh man, the shot with the empire state building and the branches is just the one for me from this entry. Love it!

    Comment by Thomas — July 3, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
  35. Life looks beautiful

    Comment by Jade — July 13, 2011 @ 2:49 am
  36. Hi Severin,
    been following your work for awhile now. always enjoyed what you posted on ur blog! keep doing what ure doing!

    Anw, i noticed that you use a m6 and a 35mm. i was wondering dyou have problem with viewing the framelines? or how did you resolve it considering you wear glasses too?

    Comment by Sabrina — July 16, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
  37. Beautiful, as expected. The Rollei images have a fantastic “weight” (gewicht) to them – just awesome.

    Comment by Mike H. — July 18, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
  38. Severin, really enjoyed looking through the NYC images. Refreshing to see real images that have not been worked on to death in photoshop – be they film or digital. I did a workshop with Jay Maisel a couple months back and shot a lot down in the Bowery area – seems you spent some time roaming around there as well.

    Some of those images are up at the 500px site:


    Thanks – look forward to meandering through your stuff.


    Comment by John Gillooly — July 20, 2011 @ 2:50 am
  39. I love the medium format shots. How do you process all that film? What are you doing with the negatives? Printing digitally or darkroom? That is where I am hung up with film is getting it scanned. I would appreciate any ideas you have and will check out your blog further. Thanks for posting all the photos.

    Comment by Andy Piper — July 20, 2011 @ 9:30 pm
  40. your photo about two boys in restaurant is the best ! gratulation !

    Comment by foba — January 5, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

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