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This NYC Taxi Driver Spent 20 Years Photographing Clients In His Cab

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This NYC Taxi Driver Spent 20 Years Photographing Clients In His Cab

When Ryan Weideman moved to NYC back in 1980, he rented a small studio apartment. It was typical housing for artist types back then– an old building with cold water.

Sure, it was cheap. But he still had to do something to make rent money.

Weideman began drivinga taxi, ferrying party-goers between 5pm and 5am on weekends. One week into the job, the budding photographer began bringing his camera along and the cab transformed into a studio.

So many interesting and unusual combinations of people getting into my cab. Photographing seemed like the only thing to do.

"After the first week of driving a taxi I could see the photographic potential,” Weideman says. “So many interesting and unusual combinations of people getting into my cab. Photographing seemed like the only thing to do. The backseat image was constantly in a state of flux, thronged with interesting looking people that were exciting and inspired, creating their own unique atmosphere.”

Weideman continued driving the weekend night shift for two decades, during which he captured cultural icons like the beat poet Allen Ginsburg, Ruby Duby Do, glamorous party girls, and grunge punk rock kids.

Sometimes Weideman appears in his own photos. Other times, it's just the passengers, sprawled out for their portrait in the backseat.

Find more of Weideman's striking black and white photos here.

Via La Vanguardia & NY Times Lens

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