Rainy sidewalks and streetcar tracks in 1945

Ephemeral New York

I wish I knew where Arthur Leipzig took this black and white shot of a city street and trolley tracks slick with what looks like a cold, dreary downpour.

The image captures the strange beauty of the city in rain, as well as a provocative moment during an ordinary New York day: pedestrians going on their way, the glow of a single traffic light, parked cars accumulating snow.

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Leipzig, a wonderful photographer of New York’s moods and moments, passed away last Friday.

The New York Times wrote that “his goal was to capture people — their personalities, problems and potential — at a particular moment in the rush of time; making artfully lighted and carefully rendered portraits was not for him.”

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