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Image: ESPRONCEDA Institute of Art & Culture

Image: ESPRONCEDA Institute of Art & Culture

In 1980, Ryan Weideman cruised into New York City to become a street photographer. Having graduated with an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts, Weideman already had a style greatly influenced by the other photographers of the period including Lee Friedlander and Mark Cohen. Yet, after a month in New York City, Weideman’s focus turned to more immediate goals – earning money to pay his rent. Soon after renting a tenement on West 43rd Street (an apartment in which he still lives), a chance encounter with a neighbor who drove a taxi led Weideman to his newfound profession.

Ryan Weideman’s work is in the collections of many prestigious institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Weideman’s awards include Guggenheim Fellowship Grant (1992-1993), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1986-1987), and a NEA Fellowship Grant.

Ryan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Passenger Allen Ginsberg, 1990  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Self-Portrait with Passenger Allen Ginsberg, 1990

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Ladies & Dog, 1998  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Self-Portrait with Ladies & Dog, 1998

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Transvestite, 1997  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Self-Portrait with Transvestite, 1997

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Self-Portrait, Cold Cream Cab Ride, 1988  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Self-Portrait, Cold Cream Cab Ride, 1988

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Short Ride in a Fast Machine, 1984  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Short Ride in a Fast Machine, 1984

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Six Girls Crack Up, 1982  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Six Girls Crack Up, 1982

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Snake People, Lower East Side, 1984  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Snake People, Lower East Side, 1984

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Wee-Hour Ride to Sheepshead, 1999  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Wee-Hour Ride to Sheepshead, 1999

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Would You Like Some Candy Cabbie?, 1982  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Would You Like Some Candy Cabbie?, 1982

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  8 Punk Rockers [with Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys], 1982  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

8 Punk Rockers [with Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys], 1982

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Trigger Happy, Pop! See What-cha Made Me Do, 1983  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Trigger Happy, Pop! See What-cha Made Me Do, 1983

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Passengers Releasing Shutter, 1986  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Ryan Weideman

Self-Portrait with Passengers Releasing Shutter, 1986

Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Ryan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Passenger Allen Ginsberg, 1990  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Ladies & Dog, 1998  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Transvestite, 1997  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Self-Portrait, Cold Cream Cab Ride, 1988  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Short Ride in a Fast Machine, 1984  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Six Girls Crack Up, 1982  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Snake People, Lower East Side, 1984  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Wee-Hour Ride to Sheepshead, 1999  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Would You Like Some Candy Cabbie?, 1982  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  8 Punk Rockers [with Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys], 1982  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Trigger Happy, Pop! See What-cha Made Me Do, 1983  | Bruce Silverstein GalleryRyan Weideman -  Self-Portrait with Passengers Releasing Shutter, 1986  | Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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