Wake Up in New York A photography project by Pierre Belhassen

“It’s been three years since I had woken up in this city.

“Awaken” might be a more appropriate term. New York in front, ahead and above me… it is where, almost randomly, I discovered photography. Then I went home, with two or three memories and a passion for photography in my bags.

Three years – That is how long it took to go back, and rediscover the city in which I found myself. What else did it have in store for me? At the heart of the big city I had open my eyes, it is where I understood that things are not to be seen because they are obvious, but obvious because they are to be seen.

A week has passed now and again I have to go back home. I cannot sleep in the plane. From the window, the city disappears into the night, and then nothing… nothing but black…

In Paris I finally fall asleep and in my dreams, I see New York …”

– Discover more from French photographer Pierre Belhassen here

Monthly Photo Contest

color photograph a man on the Yamuna river in india is rowing a boat surrounded by birds
© Saurabh Narang

2021 Street Photography AWARD Deadline: 30 September 2021

"It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important." - Bruce Davidson

Extended Deadline: One of the most exciting and influential forms of photography, in September we are on the lookout for the best images capturing the pulse of the street.

From candid and unexpected situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere, at home or abroad: we want to discover how YOU see the streets!⁠


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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