Hoboken Originals explores the survivors of a neighborhood in transition. Through the eyes of the old establishment family business owners and workers, I aim to better understand what defines a neighborhoods identity or uniqueness.
With these portraits I aim to reflect and celebrate a community’s distinct character. Hoboken, New Jersey charmed me when I first moved here in the winter of 2007. Sitting in the shadow of Manhattan, Hoboken is only a mile square and has a long and proud history. I grew particularly fond of the old Mom & Pop shops that I encountered. Many of these establishments have existed for generations and within their walls I found a quiet contemplation of a cherished history.
Hoboken’s older family businesses are succumbing to the changing economy and are closing their doors. They are inevitably being replaced by the ever ubiquitous national chain store.
A recurring theme of my photography is the effort to record what is vanishing from our collective memory – a way of living, a tradition, or trade. I try to capture the fleeting present so that we can honor that which is deeply rooted in our past. —John Delaney
New York photographer John Delaney worked closely with Richard Avedon as an assistant and then as his personal fine art B&W printer for 15 years. He was also the printer for Irving Penn, Bruce Davidson and Annie Leibovitz. In 2012 Delaney received his Masters in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts and his work has been exhibited internationally.