These really are my best pictures! Dirk Reinartz said to himself as he looked at the photographs of his trip to New York in 1974. He chose several for publication, but sadly died shortly thereafter. This book completes the project he began. Reinartzs New York photographs offer a highly personal tale of the city. Amongst the crush and crowds of people he discovered special characters and expressive faces and in the city that casts many shadows he captured a fascinating play of light. Reinartz photographs recall the atmosphere of a place which, in the middle of the 1970s, was full of promise and on the threshold of an urban revival. Dirk Reinartz, born 1947 in Aachen, Germany, was Professor of Photography at Muthesius-Hochschule in Kiel. He died in 2004. To date Steidl has published eight of Reinartzs projects.