Halloween is a holiday that feels like it’s been around forever. It’s one of those holidays that has seen so many incarnations over the years, and it’s impossible to not feel at least a little nostalgic for it. One of the ways we commemorate this holiday is by looking back at some of NYC’s most iconic Halloween photographs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the camera men behind these celebrations over the past fifty years. From capturing steam punk revelers to Times Square circa 1977, these photographers have captured New York City at its most festive. So whether you’re a fan of nostalgia or just looking for some fun Halloween photos, read on to learn more about these photographers and what made them so special.
The Origins of Halloween in New York City
The origins of Halloween in New York City can be traced back to the late 1940s, when a group of college students who called themselves the Camera Men started staging photo shoots around Halloween to raise money for charity. The tradition continued through the years and evolved into what we know today as Halloween celebrations in the Big Apple. Some of the most iconic images from New York’s Halloween history were captured by these brave photographers, including shots of decorated houses, people going trick-or-treating, and of course, the legendary “Screaming Skull” parade.
How the NYC Halloween Parade Became an Icon
The New York City Halloween Parade has been an annual staple of the city’s celebrations for over fifty years. Started as a small parade in 1966, it quickly grew in popularity and became known as one of the most iconic events in the city.
To put together this year’s event, the parade organizers relied on a team of cameramen who have been working on Halloween events since the early days. These veteran photographers captured everything from Fay Wray and Boris Karloff leading the parade to politicians and celebrities walking down Fifth Avenue. Here are five of their most memorable shots:
1) The original incarnation of the Halloween parade was small and improvisational – this photo shows how much it has grown over time
2) The 1976 parade featured celebrities like John Travolta, Danny DeVito, and Betty White
3) In 1981, Michael Jackson made an appearance at the NYC Halloween Parade – his performance brought crowds to their feet
4) In 1993, during what was considered one of the darkest periods in New York City history, members of the OJ Simpson trial marched in the parade
5) In 2010, Lady Gaga led a spectacular float through Times Square in celebration of her album “Born This Way”
Behind the Scenes at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Every year on Halloween, a parade of floats and characters takes to the streets of New York City to celebrate the holiday. But behind the scenes is a team of workers who make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
“We have crews that work all week leading up to Halloween, making sure everything is in place,” said one parade worker, who wished to remain anonymous. “From setting up our stages and staging areas, to making sure the costume policies are followed and everyone knows where they need to go, it’s a lot of work.”
This year’s parade will feature more than 50 floats and characters, many created especially for the event. The parade begins at 5:00 p.m., and lasts for approximately two hours.
The Making of Children’s television’s “Sesame Street”
The making of children’s television’s “Sesame Street” is a story as old as the show itself. The landmark program first aired on PBS in 1969, and its legacy has been celebrated with numerous awards and accolades over the years. With its mix of educational content, catchy songs, and memorable characters, “Sesame Street” has become an iconic part of American childhood.
To produce the show each episode features a unique filming crew that features a variety of New York city professionals. Camera operators, sound engineers, editors, and others all contribute to making the show come to life. This year marks 50 years of “Sesame Street” productions and we wanted to take a look back at some of the people who made it all possible!
A Look Back at 50 Years of Broadway Musicals
It’s been 50 years since Broadway audiences have seen the likes of The Sound of Music, The King and I, and My Fair Lady. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we’ve put together a look back at some of the camera men behind these beloved musicals.
Some were contemporaries while others were practically rookies when they worked on their first Broadway production. What unites them all is their unparalleled dedication to capturing every detail of these elaborate stage productions.
And in an era where technology has taken over so many aspects of our lives, it’s comforting to know that some things – like the magic of a live performance – will never change.
Behind the Scenes of New York Fashion Week
From the sidewalks of New York City to the catwalks of Milan, fashion week is a time for photographers and their cameras to be in the spotlight. Here, we take a look at some of the behind-the-scenes crew members who help make these events happen.
In 1967, Jerry Schatzberg and Haskell Wexler directed a documentary about New York Fashion Week entitled “New York: A Model City”. This film captures all aspects of the annual event: from street style to backstage drama. The film’s main photographer was Claes Oldenburg, but many other notable names were captured on cameras, such as Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.
In 1999, Steven Klein directed “The September Issue”, an intimate portrait of Anna Wintour and her team as they put together that year’s edition of Vogue magazine. Filmed over fourteen days in August 1998 on location at Condé Nast’s offices in midtown Manhattan, this documentary features commentary by many top designers including Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Rick Owens. Many of today’s top fashion photographers started out as assistants on “The September Issue”.
Today, fashion week is a much more complex affair than it was fifty years ago. To capture everything from runway shows to editorial shoots, photographers now rely on teams of camera operators and assistants. Below are just a few of the people who make New York Fashion Week happen:
The Evolution of New York City Nightlife
Over the years, New York City’s nightlife has evolved in many ways. From late-night jazz and blues on the Lower East Side to the current era of electronic music at clubs like Output and Webster Hall, there’s always something new to check out when it comes to nightlife in NYC. In this article, we take a look back at some of the camera men who captured some of the city’s most iconic moments over the past fifty years – from 50 Cent celebrating his birthday at Rockefeller Center to Miley Cyrus singing “Wrecking Ball” on Times Square during her performance at The Morning Show.