Richard Sandler: The Eyes of the City

The Eyes of the City, the first major retrospective of legendary New York street photographer Richard Sandler, will be on view at the Bronx Documentary Center. The opening reception took place on Saturday, 11 February. The exhibition features works from his monograph, The Eyes of the City, along with never-before-seen prints from his vast archive.
With an incisive eye and unrivaled dexterity, Sandler roamed the streets of New York from the late 1970s until September 11, 2001, capturing a changing city with his dramatic juxtapositions of class and race ugly naked in its frame. Sandler is among the all-time greats of street photography; his work has been praised as “at once political, aesthetic and emotionally stirring” by LensCulture, with photographs that take viewers on “a wild and wandering journey,” according to the Washington Post.
In addition to Sandler’s prints, a trilogy of his first-person documentaries will be shown at the exhibition: The Gods of Times Square, Sway, and Brave New York. Sandler’s films capture the essence of Times Square and the East Village in the 1990s, when these essential parts of New York City faced gentrification and real estate speculation, forcing many New Yorkers out of the neighborhoods they once inhabited.

A portrait of Richard Sandler

About the Author

Richard Sandler is a street photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has directed and shot eight non-fiction films, including “The Gods of Times Square,” “Brave New York” and “Radioactive City.”
Sandler’s still photographs are in the permanent collections of Brooklyn Museum, Center for Creative Photography – University of Arizona, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library.
He was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for photography, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for Filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts fellowship for Filmmaking.
The Eyes of the City was published by powerHouse Books in 2016.


Richard Sandler: The Eyes of the City
FEB 16 – MAR 26, 2023
Bronx Documentary Center – New York

Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books (November 15, 2016)
Language: English
Size: 11.25 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
Weight: 3.28 pounds
ISBN-10: 1576877876
ISBN-13: 978-1576877876

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