A New York Moment: Nancy Chuang

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Phototgrapher Nancy Chuang always has her camera with, and she keeps it in plain sight. "You don't want to look like a stalker," she says. She believes that when you show your intent, you get better pictures.

Nancy Chuang jokingly refers to herself as a traditionalist. She doesn't use a digital camera and she spends her Saturdays in a dark room that she rents out to develop and print pictures the old fashioned way. Check out the slideshow below for more of her subway photography, and watch the video about her work as well.

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Comments [3]

Oliver62 from Nueva York

I've been a fan of Nancy's for some time on flickr and was able to meet her in person last year at a mutual friend's gallery opening in Brooklyn.

There are many shooters in NYC, maybe some would agree to a nauseating degree, but I thoroughly enjoy naugastyle's style. Because she does not "shoot from the hip" she is able to capture the honesty in our city very easily and to do so without the nerves that accompany a stalking method. They will be the shots we look at in the future and go, "Ahhhh.. I miss the way it was.."

Mar. 05 2010 01:38 PM
julie from NYC

@ carla - you must have an amazing psychic gift to have a complete understanding of the interaction between photographer and subject for the photographs shown here, WOW! Do your powers extend to all photography, or just a strong connection w/ this one photographer? Is she a neighbor? You've had coffee and discussed ethics of street photography at length? You've written a paper on the subject, perhaps? Maybe this is as simple as an uninformed twit making stupid assumptions armed with a 3rd grade English comprehension level and inability to filter resulting in stupid online commentary. You post is the equivalent of littering.

Jan. 27 2010 11:52 AM

Funny, but most of those subway pics seem to be taken from people who are either unaware of being photographed or, if aware, they do not seem to have any chance of refusal..
To me this looks a lot like stalking. Now, can Nancy Chuang be called a hypocrite, boasting about her "camera in plain sight". I guess so.

Jan. 27 2010 12:51 AM

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