A former taxi driver’s photography work is resurfacing and the history he captured is raw and beautiful.
Ryan Weideman moved to New York in 1980 in order to follow his dream of becoming a street photographer. He was an established artist, but found that the Big Apple was a little pricey for his financial position.
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After speaking to a neighbour, Weideman decided to earn some cash by taxiing New Yorkers around, and simultaneously turn his car into a moving studio with his passengers as his models.
Members of The Young & The Useless, Cause For Alarm, Ultra-Violence and Murphy's Law. Members of The Young and the useless went on to form a little combo known as The Beastie Boys. Tony T shirt with the eternal arm cast in the back. Photo by Ryan Weideman from "In My Taxi" exhibition. Also courtesy Big Bro Louis Rivera. @louie.groove.big.daddy.love #newyorkcity #newyorkhardcore #hardcorepunk #nyhc #theyoungandtheuseless #causeforalarm #cfa #murphyslaw #ultraviolence #tonytshirt #ryanweideman @anthonymeyers999
Weideman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a NEA Fellowship Granta for his series of photographs.