Beautiful Photos Of NYC Parked Cars In The 1970s By Photographer Langdon Clay

By Jacob Shelton


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Between 1974 and 1976 Langdon Clay photographed the cars he found on the streets of New York and Hoboken, New Jersey whenever he was out on a late night walk. These striking photos don’t just show us the cars of the ‘70s but the way New York looked at a time of major upheaval. The photos may be digitized, but they have an inherently tactile sensation. Whether you’re a car lover or you just have a passing interest in these four wheel classics, Langdon Clay's '70s car photos are a time machine to an era when every automobile exuded a sense of raw power.

Street photography doesn’t just provide the viewer with a peek into a world that they may not know, but it gives us insight into the person behind the camera. What do they love? What’s their secret obsession?

Many would say cars are the best eye candy, and a pop of color and Detroit style like this red Ford Fairlane, snapped somewhere near Sixth Street, bears that out.  The Ford Fairlane is one of those cars that seems like it’s been forgotten in the 21st century. These babies were rolled out between 1955 and 1970 as a mid-size cruiser in spite of its generally large size. Named after Henry’s Ford’s estate near Dearborn, Michigan, Fair Lane, the car appealed all kinds of drivers. Whether you were in the suburbs or the heart of the city the Fairlane was there for you.