Friday, February 24, 2006

The Fulton Street Fish Market

I use to love shooting early on summer mornings at the Fulton Street Fish Market. There was never an end to the characters that were in and out of that place; salty old-timers, young studs, guys on parole, a toothless old-lady that sold newspapers from a shopping cart – you name it, they were all there. Somehow giant dead fish just couldn’t compete with the fish mongers for visual interest.

When I first saw this kid (above) he was sitting just exactly as you see him in the photo. The guys that worked at the market were so use to photographers that they never paid attention to them anymore. Now that the fish market has moved to the Bronx to a state-of-the-art temperature control covered space it just doesn’t hold the same gritty appeal as the old spot downtown.


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  1. kate

    February 26, 2006 at 11:49 am

    he’s gorgeous!

  2. petra

    February 27, 2006 at 8:24 am

    baby face with french lines.

  3. katie

    March 23, 2007 at 10:51 am

    the way everyone in new york is talking about the move of the fish market uptown reminds me of the french talking about their markets removal from Les Halles to Rungis. in both cases it was a necessary move in the age of sterilization, but the cities lost a bit of their character and last-century feel of human contact with produce and people. it’s good to know that the fulton market was so documented by photographers and artists, a way to keep something alive.

  4. maswari

    October 17, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Wow if only the people in Malaysian fish markets looked like that, i’m sure it’ll soon be called a mear market instead.. lol

  5. Anonymous

    April 5, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    love this shot. Love the way he has placed his hands. reminds me of an old james dean shot or something iconic like that.

  6. Anonymous

    April 15, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    he should be a model

  7. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    i bet some model scout has seen this pic and headed straight down to the fish market!
    i mean why work at a fish market with a face like that?

  8. Kitty Hawk, Brooklyn New York City

    September 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    This photo can’t be real.
    It’s amazing, archival even!


    January 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

    this picture is a mixture of marlon brando and james dean… like time just stop right there is just amazing, fanstastic work

  10. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    The smoke hurts me! He is so beautiful, such a form and figure!

  11. Emma Rose

    April 1, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    he’s quite lovely.

  12. Anonymous

    July 28, 2009 at 5:30 am

    He's got the Mick Jagger pout. All the guys in the photos you've taken at the fish market are fit for modelling.

  13. rakel

    September 23, 2009 at 7:22 am

    this is beauty, when clothes aren´t necessary.

  14. Anonymous

    November 21, 2009 at 5:00 am

    This photo looks like it could've been shot in the 30's. It looks very classic. Great job! you and guy

  15. Fifi

    December 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    WOW..shame they moved to the Bronx. What a shot! are ever so inspiring

  16. Term Papers

    January 26, 2010 at 12:32 am

    It seems that Fulton Fish market was the choice of all purchasers.

  17. flyaklya

    April 4, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Wow! It very stylishly

  18. MISHKA

    June 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

    When I look at beautiful images like this, I cannot believe I was ever this young. Looking at this, I feel I know what he will look like when he is 50.

  19. Simone Fraser

    October 21, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Glad Sart has captured the old but better place.
    Has this fellow been offered the modeling contract?

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