Throughout the 1980s Delaney made many trips to New York City. Having grown up on a quiet street in the young suburbs of Los Angeles, she longed for the unexpected, haphazard encounters Manhattan had to offer. She traveled with her twin lens Rolleiflex, a camera that allowed her to make photographs unannounced.
Janet Delaney: New York in the 80s © Janet Delaney
She spent days walking the streets of New York city, delighting in the close contact she was able to have with strangers. She brought these stolen observations back to California, printed them, and put them in a box on the shelf. Thirty years later, she revisited these images as they allowed her to travel once again, now back to another era. The photographs act as split second silent frames of her past, a past full of incidental moments that combined together to form a very personal record of a shared memory.