Damon Pablo: NYC Street Photographer

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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  • tracy morgan

    seeking authenticity isn't authentic. authenticity should be kismet.

    • http://twitter.com/MollyWest12th Molly Oswaks

      I don't think the implication is that he's seeking authenticity. I think it's something more along the lines of preserving it.

      • tracy morgan

        the second picture and the last picture are both okay.

  • nancy

    Amazing photographs

  • coney island/venice ca

    Nice work Damon Pablo!

  • Cassis

    Truly great photography that lets your heart stand still for a still moment.

  • Shari Lynn

    These are amazing shots. I agree with Molly; he goes where his heart takes him capturing authentic moments as they occur. It requires a talented eye to recognize those. Where to most, they are just people standing/sitting around, to Damon, they are captivating moments to be preserved.

  • Jane

    A breathtaking example of serendipity combined with a truly gifted eye. Gorgeous, memorable and often slightly haunting. Can't stop looking at these images over and over again!

  • TAS

    Whether he uses film or digital, Pablo seems to have a knack for capturing that perfect moment that transcends a “normal” moment, opens it up to see how magical each second of our lives actually are. And I like his approach with lenses and framing – an honored homage to the masters of street and journalistic photography over the last several decades.

  • Foto Fan

    Pablo manages to harness the energy of the “ordinary” moment and turn it into something extraordinary…
    Kubrick compositions sprinkled with the human spirit..

    A true artist.

  • castlewood

    A contemporary Andre Kertesz. Wonderfully evocative moments in time.

  • T-rex

    You have a good eye. Great composition. The pictures spark interest and then make them think about them for a moment longer- a hard task to get a viewer to do voluntarily.

  • Sam

    to me, all of these are great images of new york life, as well as general human solitude. Great pictures.

  • Cat

    Love this collection of stolen moments…beautiful Damon!

  • Charlotte Bradley

    I really love the photo of the older man in a wheelchair along with all the kids in strollers. What a great representation of the cycle of life. Wonderful! All your photos are excellent.

  • NYCGirl

    These are all beautiful. Love the amusement park especially!

  • Norman Warhall

    When are you going to be in a gallery? I must see the photos. Fantastic work.

    Will the photos be touring the US any time soon?

    Very Moving.

  • KP

    Truly amazing photos!! You have great vision and a loving heart, it shows in your photography. You inspire me.

  • jb

    These have a kind of timeless quality. At first I thought it was just the B&W but I think it's also the style and composition. The one with the wheelchair and strollers is great. And I like the fact that they're all poignant, but not posed and perfect.

  • erin

    These moments are so evocative. D, you are so very amazing. More, more, more!!!!! I love the two women by the window. There is such a sense of loss. Absolutely beautiful.

  • nathaniel

    I met Damon just before last winter, he photographed me in central park, as a photographer my self while he took the photos i attempted to invision what he might be seeing, becomeing then more conscious of what i was doing. I assumed what the shot might look like in the end. When he finally sent me the photograph i couldn't believe the gorgeous result unlike what i could have in-visioned in that moment. He is truly remarkable and since then ive been such a huge fan and have followed his work intently

  • Jason

    Great stuff! Inspiring. As a a native New Yorker misplaced on the west coast, this work rang true and produced an emotional response. Congrats!

  • Cori

    the contrasts are striking, all the more so because they're not posed. I lingered over each one.

  • KW

    Beautiful collection of images. You have a great talent for capturing thought provoking moments, much like Elliot Erwitt and the great Robert Frank. I hope to see these in a gallery someday.

  • Geelove

    these photographs are incredible ! you have a very talented eye. love it, D!

  • Ari M Cohn

    Beautiful work Poppa Bird!

  • Anna

    unadulterated photography is a rare find these days. damon pays tribute to this dying format. and i thank him for it.
    absolutely beautiful!

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