John Leland, who currently writes for The New York Times, started out his career in the mid-1980s freelancing for The Village Voice. The same decade that one of his recent “Lens” blog subjects, Ryan Weideman, drove a New York taxi to help make ends meet and photographed some his passengers.
Zoe Szathmary, upon graduating from Rutgers in the spring of 2013, started out as an associate producer with CNN’s documentary unit. She joined the DailyMail.com in 2014 and heading into this holiday season, picked up on Leland’s piece for her own report.
Sometimes, aggregation is good. Anything that helps acquaint more readers with Weideman’s stunning work is welcome. The Times piece got 10 reader comments, including:
Nancy De Pas: That’s me in the front! Barbara and Romy behind me on the right, and I don’t remember who else. The blonde, brunette and redhead – in our rockabilly doll dresses and punky leathers- we were memorable to say the least. I don’t remember the picture at all but do remember that dress, the red crinoline, and the zebra slingbacks I wore with them. We were probably on our way to or from Danceteria where I worked, usually the 3rd floor or another one of the great nightclubs of the era… Area, Palladium, Mudd, Roxy or… who knew? Great picture, thanks for the new 15 minutes of fame.
Weideman’s paperback about all this, In My Taxi: New York After Hours, was published in 1991. If you can find it on Amazon, it now costs about the same as a ride to the airport. And from his artist’s representation page, it appears he has continued more recently in the same vein.