Picture imperfect

by Robert A. Ripps on July 14, 2016

I watched this online on the Times site today, and thought it was interesting- what happens to our work, and the traces of our life, when we die.

“A quest to solve the mystery behind an abandoned bag of photo slides found on a New York City street corner leads the reporter Deborah Acosta and her audience to uncover truths about life, love, and loss.”


And speaking of life and work, I have been posting a lot of my work on Instagram lately, so please take a look, and follow me if you like.

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Red is the old black

by Robert A. Ripps on April 3, 2016

A nice piece in the New York Times about French photographer Frank Fournier, who has been living and shooting in NYC for 40 years, originally using Kodachrome film. Years later when looking back at his work, he realized how much he had been drawn to the color red. It’s a funny coincidence to me, because some one pointed out the same thing to me about my work, at a portfolio review years ago.

©Frank Fournier/Contact Press Images

What’s also interesting is how much life New York changed over the course of 40 years– compare the last image of the online portfolio, taken in the meatpacking district, with a recent Google Earth image taken from roughly the same location.


For Jan

March 14, 2016


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Out with the old…

January 25, 2016

As I am wont to do around the start of a new year, I look back at pictures I shot the previous year, and look to see which ones may have fallen through the proverbial cracks, or not fit neatly into a blog post. With that, I give you 10 random images that I like from 2015.

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Form follows function follows no rules….

December 28, 2015

Yesterday I went up to Cooper Hewitt Museum, which has just undergone a major overhaul of its building, with impressive results, and plenty of high tech flourishes including your own (loaned) e-pen. However, the highlight, and the reason for my visit, as it is closing in the next week, was the fascinating Provocations: The Architecture And […]

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A tree grows in…a lot of places III

December 10, 2015

Fall to winter…

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A tree grows in…a lot of places II

December 8, 2015

Summer to fall…

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A tree grows in…a lot of places

December 7, 2015

From spring to summer…  

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To preserve & protect IX

October 7, 2015

Love it or hate it, New York Dolls is another business employing many…people, and has been a neighborhood fixture for many years. If you want to help the cause, and add your name to the list of those who oppose the destruction of Tribeca as we know it, you can sign the Tribeca Trust petition. […]

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To preserve & protect VIII

October 6, 2015

The colorful and playful décor at Saleya is like an adult version of the Tribeca Pediatrics office around the corner, which is not surprising, since both are owned and decorated by Dr. Michel Cohen. But the shots are better here. The crack staff keeps things humming along- hard to imagine each and every one of them […]

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