Robert Fisch Collection
|This is the first part of a collection of photos donated by longtime Greenwich Village resident Robert Fisch, primarily of the Greenwich Village of his youth in the 1980s, landmarks and familiar sights of the neighborhood and city in the decades since then, the former World Trade Center and 9/11, and the annual Gay Pride Parade. |
Robert grew up in South Queens and became interested in photography when the Concorde SST began flying over the area in the mid-1970s. His first real camera was a 35mm rangefinder. He completed photography and darkroom courses at his middle school in Ozone Park Queens (J.H.S. 202 Robert H. Goddard) and Stuyvesant High school, where he upgraded to a 35mm SLR.
His photography meshed with his coming of age in the LGBT community; he documented his attendance at meetings of “Gay and Lesbian Youth of New York” at the Gay And Lesbian Community Center on West 13th Street. In addition, he took many photos of the annual NYC Gay Pride Parade. A few of these photos appear in the 2019 book “We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation” by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown.
Since 1991, Robert has lived in the West Village and has continued to document the neighborhood and city around him, from architecture and skylines to sunsets, graffiti, and street art to beloved local businesses and landmarks. He now shoots digitally; the last major event he captured on film were the tragic September 11th attacks.
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Ghost sign on side of MTA West 13th Street Substation facing parking lot at 8th Ave. & 13th St., August 15, 1993
Dancing on the far end of the Christopher Street Pier with West Village in background, Summer, August 14, 1982
View up Morton Street showing pilings from former pier, as viewed from the Hudson River, July 19, 2004
The Short Life of the Banksy Rat on former Greenwich Savings Bank (demolished), NW corner of 14th St. & 6th Ave., March 15, 2018
Robert Fisch at the end of the Christopher St. Pier with the West Village and Empire State Building behind, June 1983
Panoramic view from the original World Trade Center looking north showing Greenwich Village, East Village, and Midtown, September 29, 1984
Panorama view of Greenwich Village and Lower Manhattan Skyline incl. World Trade Center, from 6th Ave. & 12th St., from 1992 photos, created July 31, 2016
View of the World Trade Center and downtown skyline from the end of the Christopher St. Pier, July 15, 1989
Mural on the side of 17 Thompson St. as seen from Grand Street & 6th Ave., looking east, November 29, 1984
View of Greenwich Village & Downtown skyline including World Trade Center from Robert Fisch’s Terrace, 6th Ave. & 12th St., just north of Jefferson Market Courthouse, 1992
Banksy’s Rat on clock of former Greenwich Savings Bank, 14th Street & Sixth Avenue NW corner, March 15, 2018
View of Lower Manhattan Skyline including World Trade Center, as seen from a ferry south of the Battery, 1997
World Trade Center & Plaza with Fritz Koenig’s “Sphere” Sculpture and Barclay Vesey Building behind, 1993
Western end of Christopher St. Pier with Historic Ship and West Village in Background, July 31, 1982
“Grandma For Gays” Norma Issacs with son E.G. Smith at Fifth Ave. & 28th Street, Gay Pride Parade, June 28, 1992
Pride March at 44th St. & Fifth Ave., Gay and Lesbian Youth of New York Banner, with Robert Fisch in center, June 1983
Outside the Gay Community Center (now the LGBT Center), 208 West 13th Street, facing 7th Avenue, with Church of the Village on the left, April 9, 1983
Outside the Gay Community Center (now LGBT Center), 208 West 13th Street, facing 7th Avenue, with Church of the Village across the street, March 5, 1983
Outside the Gay Community Center (now the LGBT Center), 208 West 13th Street, facing Greenwich Avenue, March 5, 1983