The Big Apple - (Ryan O'Donnell)

This gallery depicts various images and interpretations of New York City throughout different points in its historical development, beginning from the mid-late 1800's onwards. 

This impressive hand-colored lithograph was done by Frenchman Theodore Muller sometime in the mid-late 1800s. This image really epitomizes New York as a harbor city, as we see numerous boats actively moving throughout the bay.
Brooklyn Bridge and Lower New York is actually a postcard that was drawn by Elizabeth O'Neill Verner sometime around 1900. The bridge is brought to life in the foreground with darker strokes as opposed to the skyscrapers that seem to fade into the distance because of lighter, gentler sketch marks.
New York From Ellis Island exhibits the impressive city from a distance. It was done by Joseph Pennell in 1910 with lithograph in black on laid paper. A sense of perspective is created through the use of shadowing and the simple, limited visibility of the city.
Skyline of N.Y. is a photo taken in 1912 of New York City from a significant height. The need for vertical expansion, hence the significant number of tall buildings, is a result of the cluttered, bustling life on the streets below. The massive size of the city is captured by the illusion of depth, as the buildings continue on so far that they begin to fade into the horizon.
This is an interesting image of the Brooklyn Bridge Late Afternoon done by Rachael Robinson Elmer in 1916 with halftone offset lithograph. The mood is ironically set through the use calm colors to represent the city and bridge, while warmer, more active colors fill the sky and the water.
This is another view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, this time done by Vera Giger in 1935. The medium of the work is pen, ink wash and gouache on paper mounted to paperboard. The use of a few simple colors and precise strokes creates a sense of unity within the picture that makes the environment seem actively cohesive.
This is yet another image of the Brooklyn Bridge with New York City in the background, created by Irving Underhill in 1939 with glass plate negative. The wide, almost panoramic view, really captures the magnitude of the city. The use of space equally divided between city and sky also creates a very powerful image of dimension and magnificence.
This silver gelatin photograph was taken in 1946 by Esther Bubley. It shows a view of the New York Harbor from the Brooklyn Bridge. Perspective and depth is achieved mostly through the direction of the suspension wires of the bridge. Our eyes are guided down the bridge as the cars appear to decrease in size, and we finally see the city in the background.
View of Central Park is an oil on canvas painting done by Wang Jiyuan in the 1950's. The use of vibrant colors and contrast reflects the liveliness of the city.
Aerial View of the Lincoln Center Site is a photograph taken July 16, 1965 by Bob Serating. The main focus of the photo is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which our eye is drawn to due to the large amount of space it occupies in the foreground of the photo, as well as its brightness compared to the rest of the cityscape.
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