In the 1960s and 70s, New York City was dirty and dangerous. There was violence in the subway, pornography on 42nd Street and gangs in the Bronx. This same period also saw the creativity of the counterculture, the vibrancy of the sexual revolution, and the birth of civil rights, gay and women’s movements. New York was not for the faint of heart. It could be fun and it could make you cry. These contradictions inspired renowned French photojournalist Jean Pierre Laffont to document it all, showing us the excitement, tragedy and humanity of New York then.
An abandoned car on Fox Street in the Bronx becomes a place for kids to play, New York City, summer 1966. © Jean-Pierre Laffont