People rent limousines for the brightest events.
Photographer Kathy Shorr shared a series of photos of new Yorkers in the late 1980s. During his short career the limousine driver, she managed to capture the celebrations of its passengers.
Kathy Shorr (Shorr Kathy) has become a recognized photographer. Today, she works hard and teaches a course in documentary photography at new York’s school of visual arts (New York’s School of Visual Arts). Katie lovingly recalls how almost 30 years ago, she finished this school and got his first job.
Shorr was looking for an occupation that would allow her to not only make some money, but to create a series of reportage shots of ordinary people in new York. At first she was thinking of becoming a taxi driver. But it was an uncomfortable trip was too short and hurried, the passengers did not want to be photographed. But, working as a limo driver for a few hours she had witnessed someone’s wedding, birthday or prom.
In 1989, Katie took a company engaged in the rental for the holidays. At that time, the limo was not an unusual way to get to the place of celebration. For a couple hundred dollars each could for a few hours to feel like a celebrity. The machine was a bit worse for wear, were cheap and rarely traveled outside of Brooklyn. Kathy was the only female driver in the company and worked on the weekends 9 months to complete the project. She called it simply “the Limo” (“Limousine”).
Most of the trips were related to personal or family holidays. So the pictures of Katie lots of smiles and kisses. She managed to capture couples in love, newlyweds and graduates before the party. She also took pictures of people gawking at a passing white limousine.
Katie thinks your pictures evidence time. Most often, her passengers were simple people of Brooklyn. They worked hard and some had to save to afford to ride a limousine. But in an era without smartphones and selfies, they were photographed and all were able to have a good time.
“People have a good mood and there was little to ruin it. There was a lot of laughter, booze and extension of my work during the holidays,” recalls Katie.