Our Naked City


Afternoon crowd at Coney Island, Brooklyn
Weegee, American (b. Austria) 1899-1968. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the International Center of Photography.

Some of us were born and raised here, others arrived for the first time in September from near and far. ICP is our home and our school, but New York City is our playground; we adore it and despise it, are inspired and challenged by it. Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and the waterways that surround them, serve as a stunning backdrop to the learning and growth that happen to us when we choose to study together at ICP.

If you’ve never been here, take a look at some of the books, films and music listed below. They will give you a sense of what this city is like, both as everyday experience and collective imaginary.

For current and former students, we have assembled some resources that may be useful from day to day. Please feel free to make suggestions for any of these categories; we hope that this blog will continue to grow, shaped by the whole of the GS community.


Berenice Abbott
Micha Bar-Am
Nina Berman
Bill Cunningham
Bruce Davidson
Roy Decarava
Philip-Lorca Dicorcia
Mitch Epstein
Walker Evans
Louis Faurer
Robert Frank
Lee Friedlander
Nan Goldin
William Klein
Len Jensitel
Saul Leiter
Helen Levitt
Danny Lyon
Vivian Maier
Jeff Mermelstein
Joey Meyerowitz
Lisette Model
Abelardo Morell
Margaret Morton
Ruth Orkin
Norman Parkinson
Gordon Parks
Sylvia Plachy
Jacob Riis
Milton Rogovin
Aaron Siskind
Harvey Stein
Alfred Stieglitz
Paul Strand
Garry Winogrand

“The Naked City” directed by Jules Dassin, 1948.
“Bill Cunningham New York” directed by Richard Press, 2010.
“Taxi Driver” directed by Martin Scorsese, 1974.
“Mean Streets” directed by Martin Scorsese, 1973.
“After Hours” directed by Martin Scorsese, 1985.
“Goodfellas” directed by Martin Scorsese, 1990.
“The Age of Innocence” directed by Martin Scorsese, 1993.
“Manhattan” directed by Woody Allen, 1979.
“Annie Hall” directed by Woody Allen, 1977.
“Rosemary’s Baby” directed by Roman Polanski, 1968.
“When Harry Met Sally” directed by Rob Reiner, 1989.
“Breakfast at Tiffanys” directed by Blake Edwards, 1961.
“Wall Street” directed by Oliver Stone, 1987.
“Man on a Wire” directed by James Marsh, 2008.
“West Side Story” directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961.
“New York, I Love You” directed by Natalie Portman and 10 others, 2009.
“The Devil Wears Prada” directed by David Frankel, 2006.
“Saturday Night Fever” directed by John Badhan, 1977.
“Black Heart” directed by Ada Bilgaard Soby, 2008.

“Naked City” by Weegee.
“Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York” by Luc Sante.
“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon.
“The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton.

“53rd and 3rd” by The Ramones.
“59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon & Garfunkel.
“Angel of Harlem” by U2.
“Chelsea Morning” by Joni Mitchell.
“Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys.
“I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers.
“The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” by The Magnetic Fields.
“Living for the City” by Stevie Wonder.
“Manhattan” by Ella Fitzgerald.
“New York City” by John Lennon.
“New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra.
“New York State of Mind” by Nas.
“No Sleep till Brooklyn” by The Beastie Boys.
“Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington.
“Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega.
“Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed.
“YMCA” by Village People.

Please send in your ideas for additional books, movies, music, etc to gsintern@icp.edu