Gallery: Capturing Heat on Camera

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

07/06/99 New York, N.Y Bathers ages 2 to 35 found a refuge from the heat yesterday -- at least temporarily -- in a wading pool on 134th Street in the South Bronx. (James Estrin for the New York Times/Courtesy of the New York Times)

We talk with photographer and editor of The New York Times "Lens" blog, James Estrin, about how photographers capture heat on camera and the challenges of news photography in sweltering conditions. Below: Some of Estrin's favorite photos on heat.

8/15/03 -- Plino Rodriguez ,80, got assistance walking up to his 12th floor apartment from Sandra Gonzalez(who was visiting a friend). The electricity was out.
8/1/06 New York,NY//In an overcrowded waiting room at Maimonides Hospital Nina Messana was treated for heat exhaustion after she fainted in her son's arms while walking on the street.
06/29/01/,New York, NY /Seconds after it was turned on for the first time 70 year old Elroy Morris delighted in the breeze of a new fan given to her by by the Stanley M Isaacs community center.
8/2/06 New York, NY. - For many riders, the heat at the 14th Street station on the Lexington Avenue line was overwhelming. Some passengers boarded the trains just to feel the air-conditioning.
New York NY-7/16/06 ;/ On a very hot day at Orchard Beach-William harrison and his fiancee Gloria Mar - sat in the water to keep cold.
8/14/03/nyc , NY/ metro/On park ave at 102nd street A Metro North train was stuck for about an hour because electricity was out.
6/23/02/NYC,NY/ Firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion yesterday as they sat in front of a Brooklyn building where a fire killed seven members of one family.
8/1/06 New York,NY/ The heat continued when the sun went down- At the Betances Houses, a city project in Mott Haven, scores of people sat outside because it was cooler than inside.
6/17/00 On 2nd ave and 119th street in East Harlem In the summer, the living room comes outside. Lovers smooch as the heat rises, while another enjoys a sidewalk siesta.


James Estrin

Comments [6]


These are great, thank you.

Jul. 25 2014 02:19 AM
Maureen from Manhattan

It seems that some things are universal. Although I spent many a hot summer day or night in Brooklyn during my childhood years in the 1950's and'60's, these photos felt sort of like home to me. I love New York!

Jul. 24 2014 01:04 AM

Ray -- 06 is when papers died

Jul. 22 2014 02:04 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Kool & The Gang! Aiight.

Jul. 22 2014 11:59 AM
June Rose from NYC

Refer to the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Best representation of heat ever.

Jul. 22 2014 11:58 AM
Ray from Westchester

It's interesting to note that all the photos on this website are at least 8 years old. Wonder why? We certainly have had a lot of heat waves in the last 8 years.

Jul. 22 2014 11:58 AM

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