Stunning Black and White Photographs Captured Street Scenes of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, a photographer named Paul McDonagh captured a lot of amazing black and white pictures on the streets of New York City. This time period was a particularly revolutionary one in American history because there was a lot of violence and protests going on over various political issues such as civil rights and the Vietnam War.

McDonagh’s photographs captured individuals and groups of people doing everyday things. He captured a blind man and an old woman, kids playing in a tree at the Central Park pond, a priest walking down the street with dark glasses on, a couple eating at a Central Park café, and so many others. When you look at these photos, you truly get a sense of what people were doing in their everyday lives in the city back then when they weren’t involved in protests or violent acts.

Blind Man, Old Woman, Hari Krishnas, NYC, 1972

Central Park Pond – Kids in Tree, 1973

Priest with Dark Glasses, NYC, 1970

Couple, Central Park Cafe, 1973

Children with Bookbag, NYC, 1968

Two Women in White Shorts, 1973

Woman in Steam, NYC, 1969

Women in Fur Coats, 1974

Hari Krishna and Blind Man, 1973

Pregnant Woman Crossing 85th Street, NYC, 1969

Portrait of a Man ​​in Hat, NYC, 1969

Three Car Salesmen, 1973

Girl and Woman Touching Horses, 1973

Central Park, Couple Kissing, NYC, 1972

Central Park, Couple with Baby in Newspaper, 1973

Couple Kissing on Street Corner, 1973

Bryant Park Concert, NYC, 1970

Asian Girl with Hand to Hair, NYC, 1968

Men and Woman on Crutches, 1973

Woman in Wheelchair, NYC, 1969

Two Men Stand on the Pipes Watching Parade, 1975

Street Corner, East Side, Man with Shopping Bag, 1973