Thursday, May 10, 2012

East Village photographer aims to capture 'The History of the World'


East Village-based photographer John Marshall Mantel told us about his new project — "The History of the World."

And what does this entail?

"My plan is to walk up and down every street in the entire world, photographing interesting things along the way. When I am done, I will have completed a history of the world. So far, I mostly have been shooting in the East Village and Lower East Side."

He figures it will take 30 years to complete.

Here are a few of his East Village photos at the beginning of his journey...




You can find his Tumblr here

[All photos by John Marshall Mantel]

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

But is that documenting history or current times?

randall said...

Hmmmm. By the time he reaches the end, what was present will then be history. To confusing...head...about...to...explode...

Anonymous said...

I would say OVER 30 years. What is history but the present? Vintage work of photographers like Weegee, Winogrand, Lanzano, and Capa was simply mundane in its time, but with the passage of time become important historical documents.

Anonymous said...

COOL..there is history underneath the story..yo

Marty Wombacher said...

Is Mel Brooks on board with this project as a consultant?

Anonymous said...

This is the best crap I've ever seen. Even better than Ari Marcopoulos.

Anonymous said...

good luck :)

Goggla said...

Wow, that's quite an undertaking! I really like what he has so far.

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

Cool project! Good luck with it!

mrb said...

I was thinking about making it a project this summer to walk down every street in Manhattan. Always being one-upped!

Anonymous said...

wasn't there some guy that was trying to draw every person in new york city. i seem to remember that post on evgrieve or some other blog...