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17 Incredible Photographs That Capture Daily Life in New York City in 1983

Thomas Hoepker got his education in archaeology and art history. From 1960 to 1963, he was employed with Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall as a photo reporter. This gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the world. In 1964, he got a job with Stern magazine. At the same time, Magnum was distributing his previously taken photographs.

In 1972, Hoepker became a producer and cameraman for a German television station and got to work on their documentary films. His wife, Eva Windmoeller, was also a journalist and they collaborated together in East Germany and New York on various projects. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hoepker got a job with the Americanized version of Geo as the director of photography. By the late 1980s, Hoepker had a complete membership with Magnum.

Lover’s Lane

daily life NYC 1983

Chinatown’s Canal Street after a blizzard.

daily life NYC 1983

Residents sit in a vacant lot of a ruined neighborhood in East Harlem.

daily life NYC 1983

Crowd on St. Patricks Day during parade on Fifth Ave.

daily life NYC 1983

A man walks on Fifth Aveneue with a homemade speed bike.

daily life NYC 1983

An African-American family in their apartment in the Bedford Stuyuvesant section of Brooklyn.

daily life NYC 1983

Old man and boy in Lubavitcher Synagogue in Brooklyn.

daily life NYC 1983

Andy WARHOL with groupies in Manhattan’s Xenon night club. “High Voltage” is at right.

daily life NYC 1983

Movie extras taking time off during a film shoot on Park Avenue South

daily life NYC 1983

Manhattan midtown with Ciicorp Building during a lightning storm.

daily life NYC 1983

Party on a Chelsea rooftop with hostess Diane Brill.

daily life NYC 1983

The Garment District in Manhattan along W 25th Street.

daily life NYC 1983

Subway rider on Lexington Avenue Line.

daily life NYC 1983

A wedding party with bridesmaids on Fifth Ave in Harlem.

daily life NYC 1983

Public telephone on Fifth Avenue.

daily life NYC 1983

A driver dressed in drag is on his way to the Gay Parade in the East Village.

daily life NYC 1983

A mixed-race couple in Central Park.

daily life NYC 1983

(Photos © Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos)

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