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Portraits of Harlem Kids on Halloween Photographed by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Harlem-Kids halloween

Last year Halloween was pretty much cancelled in NYC due to Hurricane Sandy and this year it rained. But Ruben Natal-San Miguel, a Harlem resident for 11 years, managed to snap these great portraits of neighborhood kids before the weather turned ugly. He writes: “I’ve always admired Amy Stein’s series ‘Halloween in Harlem’. I just happened to be at home last night, mostly recovering from a Diabetes relapse episode, and the kids were trick-or-treating right on my block, so I said ..why not? Amy moved to California, and I guess this is a way to continue her work and celebrate it.

“Also, when making these portraits, I kept thinking about Helen Levitt and her work in Harlem. I had the perfect backdrop with the beautiful brownstones and kids in full costume. The end result are portraits that pay homage to a great tradition in the neighborhood as well as fellow photographers. I also wanted to demonstrate to the world that although Harlem is pretty gentrified, it is embracing everybody and creating a strong community. It was a beautiful event to witness and document.”

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

Harlem-Kids halloween

  • http://markkalan.com Mark Kalan

    I knew that one of my fellow photo peeps would be out there doing this in Manhattan while I was entombed in the ‘burbs! So happy to see it posted this quickly. Good Job Ruben!

  • Margaret Smith

    Wow! This is not an homage to Ms. Stein’s project, it IS Ms. Stein’s project. I would hope that the vibrancy of the community and the evening would inspire Mr. Natal-San Miguel to make images that were his own.

  • Ruben

    Margaret Smith- for your information, I had been photographing in Harlem for over 12 years. This is on MY block and Amy is a dear friend and , I collect her work. I am by no means copying her work. This is now part of my whole body of work from Harlem. Get your facts correct. Who are you to talk anyway?
    Besides nobody owns Harlem nor Halloween for that matter.
    Your ignorance is truly showing.

  • Ruben

    This is the main problem with photography today. Everybody to worried about being copied instead of developing it’s own voice. Then the Internet always has bullies that need to hide their identity and try to turn people against each other. Margaret, do not know who you are but, you should make sure know my whole entire body of work and influence in the photography business before you run your mouth. Google me and you will find out. Beware.

  • Ruben

    Oh another fact since I know Amy’s project. Amy’ s project was done in East Harlem. Mine is in West Harlem. Different setting , different time and similar but , not equal theme. I have adults also as part of it. #getyourfactsstraight

  • http://markkalan.com Mark Kalan

    You’re wrong Ms Smith. Ruben show a more vibrant, newer Harlem. Besides, no-one can own subject matter.

  • http://www.kimberlymufferi.com Kimberly Mufferi

    I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alison Zavos

    Anonymous: if you’d like to comment, please use your real name. Thanks