“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.”