Photographer Jay Maisel has spent the last 60 years visually documenting New York City. Born in Brooklyn, Maisel studied painting and graphic design at Cooper Union and Yale, and started working with photography in 1954. Since then he’s shot Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers, the first two covers of New York Magazine, album covers, 12 years of advertising assignments for United Technologies. He’s also won many awards, including an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Media Photographers.
His newest book, Jay Maisel: New York in the ’50s, includes early black-and-white images he made as a new photographer. The 92-page book includes 76 duotone plates, none of which include captions. The images speak for themselves, transporting us back in time.