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The Golden Hour

Long shadows and warm sunlight captured by Magnum photographers in the light of New York's golden hour

Christopher Anderson Outside Chelsea Market at 16th St and 10th Ave. NYC, USA. June 20th, 2017. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak USA. NYC. June, 2017. Trump Tower. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
David Alan Harvey Brooklyn, NY, USA. June 21st, 2017. © David Alan Harvey | Magnum Photos
Thomas Hoepker On the High Line. NYC, USA. June 18th, 2017. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Views of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park, pier 1. Brooklyn, NY. USA. June 21st, 2017. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt Rainbow over midtown. NYC. USA. June 19th, 2017. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Gueorgui Pinkhassov June 25th, 2017. NYC. USA. © Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Golden Hour on 11 W 53rd St, near MoMa. June 24, 2017. NYC, USA. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael My father, Antoine van Agtmael (a member of the Magnum board), takes a rest at Neuehouse during the annual general meeting (AGM). NYC, USA. June 23rd, 2017. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann NYC, USA. June 21st, 2017. Chinatown. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Just after sunrise and as the sun begins to set, when the sun is low in the sky, daylight appears more red than during the rest of the day, shadows become longer and everything is awash with a warm, glowing light. These so-called ‘golden hours’ are considered a magic time in photography and cinematography, as the light is the most diffuse and even as sunlight travels through a greater depth in the atmosphere. This summer, when Magum photographers congregated in New York for the Annual General Meeting, many of them photographed during golden hour on one of the longest days of the year. Here, we present some of their perspectives, from shadowy street scenes to quiet moments of kismet when the photographer pressed the shutter when the light hit just right.