These Photographs Document the 1977 New York City Blackout

By: Christopher Magsambol - Nov 2, 2015
References: retronaut & mashable
This blackout photography series curated by depicts the tumultuous 25 hours that saw New York City go dark in 1977. When one thinks of New York City photography, images of brightly lit skylines and bustling streets come to mind. This collection however paints a vastly different picture.

Looking back, the blackout could not have come at a worse time for the city. It occurred during a sweltering summer day, financial downturn and a rise of poverty throughout the city. As soon as the lights went out, many of these negative thoughts manifested in looting, arson and rebelling. Although this blackout photography series has a nostalgic tone, is a great example of how even the most renowned world class cities have experienced turmoil and are not protected from deviance.