Project: The Pay Phone Project

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by edwardconde, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    In the last couple of months I have been photographing pay phones. The idea came when I was talking with a fellow shooter about getting a new personal project going. In recent years pay phone locations have been reduced. I read that at one point there were around 45,000+ pay phones in Manhattan and that has been dwindled down to about 12,000... So while on a few photowalks of downtown L.A. i started photographing pay phones in there current state. Plus adding a bit of our creative processing twist to the image.

    Here are a few of the images from my project along with a link to the Flipboard Magazine I have created that will curate these images on Flipboard.





    The target area right now is Southern California and any other city I visit. Here is the link to my Flipboard Magazine -
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  2. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    Wow... that is a really great idea for a project. They will all be gone in 5 years I guess.

    BTW according to the NYC telecommunications department there are only 5,200 payphones left in Manhattan.

    And even that figure might be too high. The company that bought Verizon's payphone business removed 1,000 pay phones recently because they didnt have a dial tone and they are subject to a US$2,500 fine for every payphone that doesnt have a dial tone.
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  3. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Love your pictures and the theme.
  4. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thank you very much... Please subscribe to the magazine to get the most up to date images..

  5. kshyvis

    kshyvis Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 2, 2012
    very nice project, too bad those things are extinct over here, can't remember the last time i saw one:(