Street photographer Ryan Weideman spent decades as a part-time New York City cab driver, where his taxi became his photography studio.
HE INVENTED 'SELFIE'.
20 YEARS BEFORE THE KARDASHIANS
After the first week of driving a taxi I could see the photographic potential,” shared Weideman.
ARTISTIC JOURNEY OF THE INCREDIBLE
I was doing some research on history of photography when I stumbled upon Ryan Wiedeman's story. An incredibly talent man who set himself apart by his ingenuity - discover his collection 'in my taxi'.
In 1980, Ryan Weideman cruised into New York City to become a street photographer. Having graduated with an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts, Weideman already had a style greatly influenced by the other photographers of the period including Lee Friedlander and Mark Cohen.
a chance encounter with a neighbor who drove a taxi led Weideman to his newfound profession.
Initially he would take photo of the passengers, he later decided to be in the photo himself. Effectively snapping what we know today as the 'Selfie'.
Ryan I am Fan.
photos: Ryan Weideman, Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.