Harold Roth (1918-2001) was a self-taught photographer who became fascinated by photography when he was twelve years old. At that time, he received one of a half-million Eastman Kodak “Brownie” cameras given to school children by the company. He had an eye for photography, and later after stepping up to a Graflex Speed Graphic folding camera, he began documenting everyday street life in New York City in the late-1930s to the ’50s.
Today’s featured images are two of Roth’s pictures in the collection of the New-York Historical Society that include vehicles. The lead image and the expandable version of it (below) was shot from above Sixth Avenue and 44th Street in 1948. The second image (below) was taken looking towards the southwest from the Williamsburg Bridge in 1947.
Please share with us what you find of interest in these photographs and view others at the New-York Historical Society.