Perfect Strangers: New York City Street Photographs



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Perfect Strangers captures the kinetic bustle of changing streets and passing crowds in New York City.

Over the last seven years, Melissa O’Shaughnessy has photographed daily on the streets of New York, capturing fleeting moments when the light, the people, and the chaos of the city collide in surprising, poignant, and humorous ways. As one of only a few women street photographers contributing to this dynamic genre, O’Shaughnessy enters the territory with clarity and a distinctly humanist eye. Perfect Strangers is a refreshing addition to the tradition of street photography.

Additional information

Weight 1198 g
Dimensions 25.7 x 30 cm
Publisher name Aperture Foundation
Publication date 1 February 2021
Number of pages 140
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Melissa O’ Shaughnessy, Introduction by Joel Meyerowitz
Dimensions 25.7 x 30 cm
Weight 1198 g


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Melissa O'Shaughnessy (born in Minneapolis, 1960) is a New York-based photographer. Her work is included in Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz's Bystander: A History of Street Photography (2017 edition) and has been featured in numerous exhibitions of street photography around the world. She is a member of UP Photographers.

Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer, whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. He has published over thirty books, including Aperture titles Legacy (2009), Cape Light (2015), Seeing Things (2016), and Provincetown (2019).