Photographer Carter Berg ’96 has published a new book, “New York Snapshots,” which features a collection of personal photographs revealing the patterns and rhythm of the urban landscape in which he lives and works. Published by teNeues, Berg compiled the book from photographs he took over the course of a decade as he went about his everyday life.
“The one thing that I noticed about some of these pictures is that some of these things are just gone,” Berg told friend and actress Lake Bell in an interview for Ralph Lauren magazine. “Even if you’re not in the mood to take a certain photo, these things change so fast. You need to push yourself to do it because you can’t say, ‘Maybe I’ll do it next week.'”
For the project, Berg made the choice to take his camera everywhere “like my keys” and shoot when the opportunity presented itself. There are pictures of graffiti, everyday street life and historic structures from his travels around the city.
The book’s publisher notes that readers get “a chance to revel in the city’s dynamic allure as well as savor its subtler, more idiosyncratic charms” which create its “distinctive spirit.” In addition, the publication was reviewed by both Architectural Digest and the blog, ArtDaily. “New York Snapshots” is on sale at the HWS College Store.
Born and raised in New York, Berg decided to become a photographer during spring break his senior year at the Colleges. The sociology major had the chance to work on a photo shoot with fashion photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber as a production assistant. He began working in the field after graduation and has gone on to photograph for Elle Décor, Madame Figaro, the Wall Street Journal and the Ralph Lauren Corporation. His website is: www.carterberg.com.