Charles Hahn: Blog en-us (C) Charles Hahn (Charles Hahn) Tue, 28 Sep 2021 22:42:00 GMT Tue, 28 Sep 2021 22:42:00 GMT Charles Hahn: Blog 120 93 A visit with photographer Richard Sandler Recently, during a trip to the eclectic and artsy town of Woodstock, NY. I paid a visit to the acclaimed street photographer and film maker Richard Sandler.  From 1977 up to just before September 11th 2001 Richard walked through the streets of New York City documenting the people and personalities of the city.  His story filled photographs can by found in his book, The Eyes of The City published by Powerhouse Books.  Richard has also directed and shot eight non-fiction films, including The Gods of Times Square.

Richards still photographs are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Museum, The New York Historical Society, and The Houston Museum of Fine Art.  He was awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for photography, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for Filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts fellowship also for Filmmaking.

Richard, was kind enough to invite me to his trendy apartment in Catskill, NY. where we talked at length about photography, listened to his huge assortment of vinyl records and he even entertained with his saxophone.  Richard had met and worked briefly under renowned photographer Gary Winogrand and also once met with Helen Levitt.

His book showcases decades' worth of work capturing a complex time when Richard, using his Leica camera captured a cultural critique of the city.  "It wasn't easy getting those shots, said Richard.  Getting into people's faces.  Sometimes with a flash during the day - unusual at the time, "got me kicked, punched and chased."

Richards book The Eyes of the City can be found on Amazon.  He also has a few YouTube videos including a B & H Workshop he did April 30th, 2019.


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ASRT Magazine August/September 2021 I am very humbled by an article written about me and my project of helping the homeless community in and around my hometown of Winston Salem, NC.  This if from the medical diagnostic magazine, The ASRT Magazine August/September 2021.  Please check it out.

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"Complexities and Nuances of the Human Spirit" at Artworks Gallery I am very excited to share my photographs at the Artworks Gallery at 6th and Trade Streets in Winston Salem.  The photographs are a project called, "Complexities and Nuances of the Human Spirit."  It encompasses street photographs from the humorous point of view to the serious.  Opening weekend will be during the Gallery Hop on Friday May 7th from 7-9pm.  If you're unable to make the opening the photographs will be showing through May.

I hope to see you there!


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At the very begining As a child of about 10 years old I scanned through a box of photographs my father took.  When I came across this photo I was mesmerized.  Our dog Blackie.  I could see her personality come through.  It was this very photograph that when I saw it I knew I wanted to shoot photos.



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A successful opening at The Aperture Theater I am very humbled that so many people attended the opening of my "Beyond the Edge of the Fields" exhibit at Aperture Theater in Winston Salem.  The exhibit opened on Thursday September 20th and will remain showing until November 4th, 2018.  Here are some photos from the opening on the 20th.


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Thankful Donations from Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine in GSO I recently excepted a very large donation of clothes, food and necessities from Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates in Greensboro.  A special thank you to Administrator Robin Young and the Staff at CNSA GSO.  Also Thank you, Cindy Hudson, Kim Poteat, Maggie Bain and Orren Falk.

These items have all been distributed to The homeless individuals I have come to learn about that last couple of years.


Thank you!!


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Beyond the Edge of the Fields will exhibit September 20th through November 4th, 2018
A few years ago I started a project of photographing people who are normally ignored and considered off the grid: the homeless of Winston Salem.  This project entitled Beyond the Edge of the Fields was inspired by studying the works of legendary street photographers.

In cooperation with Reynolda House Museum of Art, The Aperture Theater of Winston Salem and The Sawtooth School of Visual Arts, Beyond the Edge of the Fields will be exhibiting September 20th through November 4th 2018 at The Aperture Theater.  The opening on Thursday September 20th from 5-6:30pm

Beyond the Edge of the Fields is a visual representation of a relationship that grew from casual photography of strangers to trusting relationships developed over time through twice weekly deliveries of food, clothing and other necessities.  This trust enabled me to get to know how they got to this point in their lives, what their dreams were when they were young, who they are now and what demons have followed them through out their life journeys.

These moving images represent the people beyond the street corners, revealing intimate details of those who live in between the lines of our society.

Please come out to the opening to meet with me, ask about the project, and enjoy the photographs, food and camaraderie.  I'll have a book available and the framed photographs are for sale with 100% of the sales going to these homeless individuals.


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Street Portrait Workshop August 8th and 14th, 2018 I am honored to be asked by The Sawtooth School of Visual Arts to offer a workshop entitled Street Portraits.

Street Portraits is a two-part workshop representing a unique opportunity to dive into the world of street portraiture.  After a brief overview of the styles of famous street photographers, we will work on nurturing your own style of photographing people in public places. Also, we will discuss different techniques of photographing on the street as well as the rewards of getting out of your comfort zone. 

The workshop will be on consecutive Tuesdays August 8th and 14th, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Please visit The Sawtooth School for Visual Arts at the following link;

This class comes on the heals of my ongoing project, Beyond the Edge of the Fields, which can be viewed at

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No end in sight for "Beyond the Edge of the Fields". Over a year ago I started a project of photographing people who are normally ignored and considered off the grid, the homeless. This project entitled Beyond the Edge of the Fields was inspired by studying the works of famous and legendary street photographers from days past.  Although, this project has no real end in sight, I hope to display these very moving photographs in a public forum in 2018.

During the process of repeated visits to these homeless individuals, I began to learn many things about them. Including, how they got to this point in their life, what their dreams were when they were young. What demons have followed them throughout their lives and what their goals and inspirations are for their future.

My visits began to increase to once or twice a week. Taking them food, clothing and necessities in which for them to have some sort of decent existence. The real problem can hardly be remedied by one individual. However, one individual can help in making it possible for a person to have hope to make it through another day, another week and a month to ultimately get the proper help they need to change their lives.

My circle of homeless friends grew in number, making it very difficult for me to properly divide up my time and expenses to continue on my journey. Therefore, I reached out to my personal circle of friends and coworkers for help. With an overwhelming response I have learned what huge hearts my friends and people in the Winston Salem community have.

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The 2017 National Photography Competition and Exhibition at The Soho Photo Gallery, July 6th I recently returned from NYC where, I attended the opening of The 2017 National Photography Competition and Exhibit at The Soho Photo Gallery in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.  My photograph "Finding Refuge in a Van", was recognized for inclusion by the juror, Aline Smithson.  The Photograph was chosen from over 2000 images and 219 photographers.

The event was overwhelming with an estimated 200-300 hundred people attending the opening last Thursday evening July 6th.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Gary and Alice for allowing me to photograph them and share their story.


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2017 SoHo Photo Gallery National Competition and Exhibition

My Photograph "Finding Refuge in a Van" will be hanging in the 2017 SoHo Photo Gallery National Competition and Exhibition in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan, NYC.  It will run from July 5th through July 22nd 2017.  The opening will be Thursday July 6th.

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Chippewa Street, 1975 A Photographic Essay Chippewa Street 1975 A Photographic Essay



As Chippewa continues to reinvent itself, it’s important to remember its history, the good, the bad and ugly. That’s what one photographer has done by compiling a slide show of images on Youtube that date back from 1975. It’s hard to believe that this is the same district that we have today, but if you look past the signs, awnings, etc. you can identify a number of buildings that remain. Despite the seedy nature of the street (back then), the photos show a ton of character (and characters) from that era. The House of Quinn is featured, as is Fisherman’s Wharf, along with a slew of businesses that I never even knew existed, and a few legendary haunts. Check out the details of the images here. From the photographer Charles Hahn:

“My first photographic essay came in 1975 for a high school project. I photographed a visual representation of the Chippewa Street area in Buffalo, NY. This seedy part of the city was an area of undesirables, homeless, and street people. The school, due to the overall nature of the area, and the fact that I was only eighteen years old, first turned down my project proposal. But with some coaxing they finally approved. At the end of the presentation two photos are not of Chippewa Street but, of downtown Main Street viewed from the Marine Midland Building in 1974 and, a view of the Statler from the top of City Hall. The final two photographs were taken by my friend Alex Enos. Hope you enjoy. You can also view this essay at”


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