The NYC Ferry and the relationship with water — going back to Old New York before the bridges and subways were built — changed the way people think and feel about commuting. For a street photographer, it’s like new streets have opened up in New York City with the possibility of new angles and perspectives on well-known backgrounds, bridges and landscapes. In the images I see the sense of freedom, vacation and expectation that I experienced firsthand. I am also impressed by the temporary but very real community that is created when people embark for a destination, whether it takes ten minutes or almost an hour to get there — we are all in the same boat. I like the diversity of commuters, caregivers, tourists, beach goers, families, lovers and someone like me.

Artist Bios

  • Francesca Magnani

    Francesca Magnani is a Brooklyn-based, Italian photographer, writer, teacher, and translator. Born and raised in Padua, Italy, she studied in Bologna, Newcastle, and New York.

    With a background in Classics and Anthropology, she has been telling in words and images the stories that move her, with a humanistic approach that enriches the descriptive narrative tradition in documentary photography–getting right at what she sees as the heart of the matter. As she shows glimpses of other people’s lives she chronicles her own; when their lives touch hers.


  • NYC Ferry

    NYC Ferry

    NYC Ferry, operated by Hornblower, connects Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx via 21 waterfront landings in New York City.

People of the Ferry

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Francesca Magnani

Curated by: Elana Ehrenberg

Presented by: NYC Ferry
  • NYC Ferry


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