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Cosmopolitan Isolation, New York

Photographer Francesco Bittichesu shot the eerily quiet streets of New York during 2020.

March 2020

“Handshakes are few, hugs too, which science proves to be very positive for people, and in public spaces people are now consciously distancing themselves from others.

Presently as we experience Covid 19, life becomes a gigantic streaming event and our dependence on the web punctuates the day more than it had. We don’t meet people, but we chat with them, we don’t go to church, but we connect on Facebook, we no longer go to the office, but we do remote working,

We moved from visiting relatives and friends to video chatting. True?

I’m not afraid of the coronavirus but the loneliness it may create. For this we must be united.

Streets once bustling, now serene yet ominously silent. What would have been to a photographer’s eyes a cinematic scene, is now a stark reality revealing a new rhythm and cadence to the streets.”

UPDATE 2022

Two years down the road I am honoured to share the ‘Cosmopolitan  Isolation, New York. – UNITED STATES, 03.2020 – 05.2020’ project for the first time.

The 2020 words written above were current and still are to a certain extent in 2022. I had the opportunity to witness a very dramatic moment in the history of New York City. New York is my first home, I took thousands of photos during the lockdown, uncovering an aspect that I would never have thought possible to happen: the unexpected absence of people and energy, so much present in the New York common imaginary!

West Broadway

West Broadway

Vesuvio Bakery

Vesuvio Bakery

The Oculus

The Oculus

The Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House

Stephen Colbert on Broadway

Stephen Colbert on Broadway

South Street Seaport, FDR Highway

South Street Seaport, FDR Highway

Rockefeller Center, Radio City

Rockefeller Center, Radio City

Prince Street, Soho

Prince Street, Soho

Pier 54, Little Island Under Construction, Meatpacking District

Pier 54, Little Island Under Construction, Meatpacking District

Park Avenue

Park Avenue

Meatpacking District, Serafina Restaurant

Meatpacking District, Serafina Restaurant

Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue

Little Italy

Little Italy

Liberty Street, N4 WTC

Liberty Street, N4 WTC

Grand Street

Grand Street

Fulton Center, Subway Hub

Fulton Center, Subway Hub

Financial District

Financial District

Fanelli cafe

Fanelli cafe

Empty Water on Memorial

Empty Water on Memorial

Elevated Garden from below, Meatpacking District

Elevated Garden from below, Meatpacking District

Day Street

Day Street

Crosby and Howard Street

Crosby and Howard Street

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chelsea

Chelsea

Broadway below Canal

Broadway below Canal

36th Street, Lincoln Tunnel entrance

36th Street, Lincoln Tunnel entrance

19th Street, Flat Iron District

19th Street, Flat Iron District

15th Street

15th Street

11th Avenue

11th Avenue

3rd Avenue

3rd Avenue
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Francesco Bittichesu

With his enduring passion for James Bond, noir and spy films driving his photographic aesthetic, Francesco Bittichesu has honed his ability to capture the mystery and beauty of life by living between two very different worlds: his native Italy, and the breakneck pace of New York City.

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