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Black and White Photos of '60s New York Make it Look Lovable

James Jowers was not a professional photographer when he lived in Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 1960s. His day job was as a night porter at a hospital, but he had become so familiar with a darkroom while in the army, and later while enrolled in the city's New School, that the street photos he took of the city in the Mad Men era are crisp enough to make one nostalgic for something one never actually experienced. In fact, perusing his work (currently on display at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. and via the magicks of Flickr) is like teleporting into that land of sock garters and brick façades. It's like stepping into an urban Norman Rockwell image, where things are somehow equally realistic and utopian.

15 more photos over at Curbed NY. >>