Richard Sandler: The Eyes Of The City

Published on March 01, 2023, 2:22 pm
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The first major retrospective of legendary New York street photographer Richard Sandler, The Eyes of the City, is on display at the Bronx Documentary Center.

The opening reception took place on Saturday, February 11, 2023. The exhibition features work from his monograph, The Eyes of the City, along with never-before-seen prints from his extensive archive.

The exhibition has been extended to Sunday, March 26, 2023.

With an incisive eye and peerless craft, Sandler prowled the streets of New York from the late 1970s until September 11, 2001, capturing a changing city, with its dramatic juxtapositions of class and race laid bare in his frame. Sandler is among the all-time greats of street photography; his work has been praised as “at once political, aesthetic, and emotionally stirring,” by LensCulture, with photographs that take viewers on “a wild and wandering journey,” according to The Washington Post.

In addition to Sandler’s prints, a trilogy of his first-person documentary films will be shown at the exhibition: The Gods of Times Square, Sway, and Brave New York. Sandler’s films capture the essence of Times Square and the East Village in the 90s as these quintessential parts of New York City faced gentrification and real estate speculation, forcing many New Yorkers from the neighborhoods they once inhabited.

Gallery hours:

  • Thursday – Friday, 03:00 – 07:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday 01:00 – 05:00 p.m.


BDC Annex
364 E. 151st Street
Bronx, NY 10455

Richard Sandler is a street photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has directed and shot eight non-fiction films, including “The Gods of Times Square,” “Brave New York” and “Radioactive City.”

Sandler’s still photographs are in the permanent collections of Brooklyn Museum, Center for Creative Photography (University of Arizona), Houston Museum of Fine Art, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, and the New York Public Library.

The Eyes of the City was published by powerHouse Books in 2016.

IMAGE: Veiled woman, N.Y.C., 1984. © Richard Sandler


Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtland Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451

Tel.: 718-993-3512


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