New York in 1982, what a story!

Peter Bock-Schroeder's raw picture series takes us back into the past of New York City
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. 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".

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.

Rich woman in fur and beggar on the street in Manhattan

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

Man getting dreseed in Santa Claus Costume

New York, 1982

Ho Ho Ho, no Christmas is complete without Santa's visit. Every year, tens of thousands of letters addressed to Santa Claus arrive in Manhattan's General Post Office, and they read like a script for New York itself: Stories of need and greed and glittering expectation, of entitlement or alienation, of the chance to get something for free, or even sometimes to win nothing at all except the chance to give it to someone else.

Man walks by person lying on the street in Manhattan

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.

Dodgy Dealers in Central Park New York City

New York, 1982

Central Park was a dangerous place in the 1980s. The park was covered in garbage and graffiti, the meadows were barren dust-bowls, the playground equipment and benches were in decay, and the one-hundred-year-old infrastructure was crumbling.

Subway New York

New York, 1982

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

Black girl in New York waving at the photographer's camera

New York, 1982

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

Looking at photos: The era of the great masters is over. What remains are the gems of the analog years.

5 Reasons to collect Bock-Schroeder

20th Century Photography

Photo Journalist Peter Bock-Schroeder

Peter Bock-Schroeder

They were not the pretty pictures of "willows by the river or beeches in the fog" that he was after, but rather the landscapes of a world violently "disturbed" by man.

Sailor on Boat in Holland

Disturbed Landscapes

Where does my fascination for photography come from and how did I become a photo journalist?

Young woman in Moscow reading announcement

Soviet people

His journey took him through the huge space of the former Soviet republics - from the oriental south to the far north, from western Russia to the Siberian east.

Women Workers in Silver Mine in Bolivia


For centuries, men have exploited the mineral wealth of the Andes Range.

Sek of Kaiser Wilhelm

House Doorn - Kaiser Wilhem's II last exile

In 1960 Peter Bock- Schroeder visited the Villa Doorn, Kaiser Wilhelm's II exile.

21st Century Photography

Two mouths kissing


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Girl with open shirt

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Nude portrait of a woman sitting in a chair

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Blue Sea in the mist


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Adverisement with womans face


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  • Edition Box NYC 1982
  • The portfolio is available in an edition of 10 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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