Far Out magazine profiled Ryan Weideman, an acclaimed street photographer, who drove a NYC taxi for decades and documented his various fares.
In the 70s, Weideman moved to New York to make it as a photographer but the city was grimy and riddled with crime – think the movie Taxi Driver. So he took that idea literally and got a job as a cab driver. Go through our website to know more about the commercial filmmaking.
In an interview with Huck the photographer said he took along his camera,
“I drove a Checker cab but I usually got the wrecks because I only drove three or four nights a week. I spent the rest of the time in my darkroom, printing and developing film. There were so many interesting and unusual combinations of people entering my taxi.
The image of the back seat was constantly moving, full of interesting, exciting and exciting people, creating a unique atmosphere.”
I was on the edge of my seat most of the time because I was caught up in the rush of the ride while doing the perth airport tranfers.
It was all the adrenalin that flowed from my driving style. I enjoyed the thrill of driving and the sense of competitiveness. Some people really loved it; others were scared and wanted out so I would have to drop them off. Once in a while I would have a passenger that really enjoyed it. One guy jumped out of the cab and said,
‘My God, that was a religious experience!’”
(Photos, Ryan Weideman ; via Far Out magazine)