Yecheskel Schwab, the Urban Photographer who portrays the Authentic NYC

Yecheskel “Charlie” Schwab is a diverse artist that can work in most media and styles. His passion for the Arts has led him to live a life surrounded by creativity and creative people. He was born and raised in New York City, but his work has taken him internationally.

Thanks to his camera, this talented artist has gotten to know the city where he resides in a completely new light. Schwab wanders around in the dark taking pictures. His perseverance to capture the perfect shot has lead him on top of buildings and in underground tunnels, portraying skylines and hidden corners of the city in a way most people never notice on their own.

Yecheskel Schwab likes to photograph in the dark. Night brings on a curfew, emptying streets and sidewalks. The even sunlight of the day gives way to dramatic pools of light, creating impromptu stages where the actors never arrive.

His award-winning night photography has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and other art venues throughout the New York metropolitan area. His work has won awards in juried shows and has been reprinted in the press. It hangs in public, private, and corporate collections in the US and abroad.

“I went out to take photos 4 or 5 times a week. I used to walk around and look for those moments that caught my attention. Thanks to my camera, I now look at the city in a different way. I stop to observe, I connect much more with the people around me… For me photography is the alibi: it is the reason why I wander around New York and the reason why I interact with what surrounds me”, says photographer Schwab, who always has the camera ready to shoot.

“My relationship with photography started at an early age. I was tired of maintaining an intense work routine for many years and wanted to distance myself from that routine. After a few months of poking around photography, I was so hooked that I started photographing almost daily. From these outings my first project arose,” says New York photographer Yecheskel Schwab in his latest interview.

“It began as a daily exercise and ended, two years later, with a community of more than 30,000 people on Facebook and a first crowdfunding project with which I was able to publish my first book and produce my first expo. I ended up exhausted but, along the way, I learned a lot.

With the profits from the sale of his book, which is still on sale, Schwab will sponsor a photographic project that will give voice to artists with Down syndrome, so that they can learn to reflect their environment with determination, autonomy and creativity, through a photography workshop for a group of between 15 and 20 authors with intellectual disabilities. Schwab is planning this project in collaboration with Emely Brant, a photographer specializing in participatory and social projects.

In 2015, Yecheskel “Charlie” Schwab started his second project, which he called NYC Street Photography. With this project, he followed the guidelines of the first one but, in this case, he has been looking for something more personal and questioning himself more.

Yecheskel’s ultimate goal in life is to inspire others to reach their full potential by preserving moments in time through the lens.

Schwab earned a BA from the New York University in NYC. He lives and works in New York City.

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