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The Bostonians

Constantine Manos documents Boston's individual characters and it's diverse community during the 1970s

Constantine Manos

Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Demonstrator in front of City Hall, Government Center. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Child at shrine of St. Lazarus Church. East Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Lining up for Shrinners' Parade, South End. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Reading room of Widener Library, Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Pilgrim Theater. The comedian Popeck greeting stripper backstage. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Waitress and diners at lunchtime, Durgin Park Restaurant. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Dancer and admirer at rehearsal, Elma Lewis School. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Girls with baby carriages at neighborhood grocery, Mattapan. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Street scene along parade route, South End. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians During a demonstration at the state house, students gather in front of the memorial to Civil War Col. Robert Shaw and the Afro-American 54th Massachusetts Regiment by St. Gaudens. Boston, Massachus (...)
Constantine Manos Firefighter resting after blaze, Symphony Road. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Bride leaving church, Roxbury Crossing. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Public Garden. The first snow of Winter. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Easter Sunday procession at St. Paul's A.M.E. Church. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos Busing demonstration at the Federal Building, Government Center. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Members of Shea's Military Band of Boston, City Hall. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | The Bostonians Latin High School cheerleaders, Latin-English football game. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 1974. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos

“To photograph the people of a great city is at once an awesome undertaking and a pleasant one,” writes Constantine Manos in the preface to his book, Bostonians.

This beautiful monograph, published in 1975, is one of the most varied and intimate portraits of the people of Boston. Manos depicts people of all walks of life, living in this famed American city on the crossroads of the Old World and the New. Senior citizens congregate around Jamaica Pond, parade goers observe the Columbus Day festivities, Irish families supporting the I.R.A, and high school marching bands at practice are a small number of the images collected. Manos captures old and young, black, white, Hispanic, rich and poor; in short, the real and diverse inhabitants of Boston.

"Going out into the city with a small camera and making hundreds of pictures of people doing hundreds of things is a dizzying odyssey"

- Constantine Manos

“For the photographer,” Manos reflects, “neighborhoods and institutions and public events are only abstractions until the camera captures the individual people who breathe life into them. Going out into the city with a small camera and making hundreds of pictures of people doing hundreds of things is a dizzying odyssey. It’s like gathering the bits of an intimate mosaic: even in thousands of photographs, it is impossible to fit all the bits together. They are fragments, suggestions of the myriad human moments in the daily life of a great city.”