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