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Edwin Martin Photograph Collection

Call Number

PR 96


1994-2001, inclusive



0.9 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English .


The photographs in this collection document stores, store fronts, street vendors, and various tradesmen such as butchers, bakers, and barbers in New York City, mostly in Manhattan.

Biographical Note

Edwin Martin was born in 1943, and educated at Florida State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Indiana University. He worked as a news photographer in the mid-1980s, and served as the photo editor for the Newark Star-Ledger from 1999-2000. During the late 1990s, Martin taught in the Department of Journalism and Mass Media at Rutgers University. In addition, Martin was Curator of Photography at the North Carolina State University Visual Arts Center from 1990-1993.

Martin's photographic projects include "Postergirls," photos of public posters, "The Readers," photographs concerning the nature and activity of reading, and "Mud Show," which documents traveling circus shows. His proximity to New York City in the 1990s allowed him to focus on two different portfolios of photographs: "NYNY," and "NY Metier," which both highlight street vendors, storefronts, and street life.


The collection is divided into two series, "NYNY" and "NY Metier."

Scope and Content Note

The Edwin Martin Photograph Collection spans the period from 1994-2001 and contains images from the photographer's portfolios, "NYNY," and "NY Metier." The collection is divided into two series, after the portfolio titles. Photographs document New York City stores, storefronts, street vendors, and various tradesmen such as bakers, butchers, and barbers.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to thirty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and ReproductionsThe New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Edwin Martin Photograph Collection, PR 096, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.


Gift of Edwin Martin, 2000 and 2001.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Other photographs of street vendors, working people, and storefronts can be found in the Irving Browning Photograph Collection (PR 009) and throughout the Photographer File (PR 050).

Collection processed by

by Holly Hinman

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Language: Description is in English.

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