New York in the 1980s is a completely different story.

We are looking back into the past of New York City, just as Peter Bock-Schroeder experienced it when he took to the streets in 1982.
Yellow Cab in fron of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

New York, 1982

At the invitation of his friend and companion Vera Maxwell, Peter Bock-Schroeder lands at New York's JFK airport on a grey November morning in 1982.

Young people in front of church

New York, 1982

It is the first time he returns to Manhattan, and the first time he meets Vera Maxwell in over 30 years.

Elegent Black man in New York

New York, 1982

He asks a man dressed in a suit, umbrella and melon for a portrait. The best dressed man in New York, as he later says.

Birds on a wire

New York, 1982

The 1980s in New York City were turbulent and plagued by crime. The murder rate was at an all-time high, the crack epidemic was raging. The 1980s put the city to the test: residents fled the city in record numbers, government mismanagement led to the near-bankruptcy of the city, and the introduction of crack cocaine triggered an unprecedented wave of drug addiction and violence. But it is also the beginnings of street art as we know it today, with subways tagged and graffiti painted by illegal painters.

World Trade Center New York

New York, 1982

For a photo of the World Trade Center he climbs the scaffolding of a bridge.

Burnt out Taxi

New York, 1982

A burnt-out taxi on the streets of New York

Street Signs New York

New York, 1982

But he enjoys the time and conversations spent with his former muse Vera Maxwell, who had proposed to him in 1952 with the words "Marry me so that I never get bored and the wolf of hunger stays away from your front door".

Street of New York

New York, 1982

Peter Bock-Schroeder takes his Leica and now wanders through the city, without commission and without fear. There is no flood of pictures. Peter Bock-Schroeder photographs most of the motifs only once.

Andy Warhol in a public phone box

New York, 1982

He sees an interesting guy in a public phone booth. Without knowing who he is looking at, he photographs Andy Warhol as he passes by.

Two women talking New York

New York, 1982

October, 1982: “Cats” claws its way to Broadway and holds the perch for 18 years.

Subway New York

New York, 1982

The New York subway is a serious matter — the rackety train, the silent passengers, the occasional scream.

Subway New York

Peter Bock-Schroeder's New York pictures are a personal record and a farewell to an old love.


  • Edition Box NYC 1982
  • The portfolio is available in an edition of 20 and contains:
  • 12 analog printed Barytha Prints from the New York Series 1982
  • Black and White 40 x 50 cm
  • In an original photo paper box
  • Produced from the original negatives
  • Stamped and signed by the estate administrator Jans Bock-Schroeder

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yellow cab in New York
Edition Box NYC 2009

Jans Bock-Schroeder Edition Box New York City, 2009