Matt Weber new book “Street Trip: Life in NYC”
Matt Weber has been shooting the streets of New York for the past 40 years, many of his images taken while running fares in his New York City taxi cab.
His camera captures New York without pretense and with the love and attention that only a native could afford. Each image documenting the small yet extremely significant moments in the life of a city that never sleeps.
Street Trip: Life in NYC (Carpet Bombing Culture) is a compellingly curated collection of his finest street photography, an authentic look at daily life from someone who has consistently been ‘in the right place, at the right time’.
His images are both timely and timeless and tell the stories of real life in the Big Apple in unfiltered and honest detail.
About the Author
Born in 1958, Weber attended the famed High School of Music & Art from 1972 through 1974, discovering the emerging graffiti scene just as it was transforming the trains into massive works of public art. As a teen growing up in the 70s, Weber was free to run wild in the streets, until he realized it was time to get a job.
In 1978, Weber started working the night shift in midtown, witnessing a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and violence firsthand. His new book, Street Trip: Life in NYC, captures four decades of raw power and anarchistic energy that leaves you wanting more.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture (May 6, 2019)
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 7.5 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds
Matt Weber was born in New York City in 1958 and studied oil painting with Nicolai Abracheff, one of Picasso’s contemporaries as well as a noted cubist. Weber attended Music and Art High School but dropped out to pursue ‘art’ on New York’s subways. Completely self-taught in photography, Weber studied all three books by Ansel Adams: ‘The Print’, ‘The Negative’ and ‘The Camera’. Weber only started taking photos of the NYC streets in 1984 while driving his Yellow Taxi Cab, inspired by the sheer intensity of the things, places and people he would see at night. This newfound passion ultimately turned him from a cabdriver with a camera to a photographer with a taxi. His monograph, ‘The Urban Prisoner’ was published by Sanctuary books in 2004 and his work has also appeared in the publications ‘Popular Photography’, ‘Photographica’ and ‘Hamburger Eyes’ amongst many others. Weber has had solo exhibitions at the now-defunct Jan van der donk gallery in Chelsea (2004) and The Peninsula Arts Center in Newport News in 2005. He has been represented by Harper Levine of East Hampton New York since 2007 and several of his prints are homed in the collections of Todd Oldham, Harper Levine, and Richard Prince. More on Weber’s work and biography can be seen in the 2012 documentary “More than the Rainbow”.