City Life

Easter Celebration

Cherry Blossoms, New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, New York City, NY

  Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain; But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again, Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah! Martin […]


Celebration of Passover

Jerusalem: Wailing Wall, Israel, people praying

“Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel’s – nay, God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.” ~ Morris Joseph


7 World Trade Center, Manhattan, NYC, 2010

7 World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, first certified "green" office building, developer Silverstein Properties

  I was drawn by the way the building seems to disappear become part of the clouds and sky. JR To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the […]


“New York City Landmarks” Photographs by Jake Rajs Text by Francis Marrone

Press release statue jpeg test

  Press Release New York City Landmarks Jake Rajs Antique Collectors’ Club9781851496853 £12.95 Hardback 195 mm x 145 mm 236 pages Publishing May 2012 Stunning images of New York’s most famous landmarks, captured in ways never seen before. Includes 10 fold-out spreads and the history behind each landmark. New York is constantly changing and reinventing […]


Manhattan An Island In Focus book by Jake Rajs

Manhattan an Island In Focus book by Jake Rajs

  Manhattan an Island in Focus introduction Manhattan is a romance between the dreams of its people and their reality. As a photographer I try to capture those special visual moments when the dream becomes a real. My earliest memory of the city is the immigrant’s introduction to the Promised Land. I was eight years […]


New New York, a collage photograph by Jake Rajs

Modern New York City

New New York,  Collage of buildings that were build the first decade of the 21 century A couple of years ago I noticed that New York had gone through an architectural transformation. It moved into the 21 century. This is an image of the new buildings and parks that were created during the first decade […]


Parade for Hostages returning from Iran, Broadway, Manhattan, photo by Jake Rajs

Parade for Hostages returning from Iran, Broadway Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA

The experience of photographing Manhattan is so overwhelming that time seems to stop. When the hostages were freed from Iran in 1981 and New York gave them a ticker-tape parade, I got a press pass and found a good vantage point on the ledge of high above Broadway. All of the sudden I could hear […]


Shooting Aerials from a helicopter, Empire and Statue of Liberty buildings,NYC

New York. Chrysler Building Aerial, New York City, designed by William Van Alen in 1928

One of the most exciting experiences I have is photographing the city from a helicopter. It’s like being Superman, swooping in and around the buildings, circling the Statue of Liberty. Just as the camera is a machine that I can use to extend my vision, the helicopter is another extension, giving me the ability to fly. […]


8 Spruce Street, architect Frank Gehry, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

8 Spruce Street, architect Frank Gehry, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

8 Spruce Street, architect Frank Gehry, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. I love the fluid forms of the building as you look up into the sky. The steel and glass wall looks like it is a curtain blowing in the wind. “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank […]


Valentine’s Day, Couple Walking In The Rain, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Couple walking in the rain, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Kahlil Gibran on Love When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the […]


Perpetual Learning-Lincoln Center-Welcome Led Lighted Staircase

Perpetual Learning I go to work every morning with the possibility that I might learn something I don’t already know. . . . If you look at a problem as an opportunity to show what you already know, it’s useless. You should look at every problem and think, “What can I learn by doing this?” […]


Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square Black History

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, fountain

  A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. Thurgood Marshall If the First Amendment means […]


Apollo Theater, famous music hall Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York – Black History

Apollo Theater, most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Apollo Theater,  most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA he Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[2] and was the home of Showtime at the […]


IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, Chelsea, NYC

IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, New York City, New York, Chelsea

Sunset from the Highline, NYC I was walking on the Highline 3 years ago and saw the IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, realized how much New York had changed. I’m always trying to  create something that has never been created before. […]


Louis Vuitton, Fifth Avenue – Why art? What is the reason? photo by Jake Rajs

Mannequins with Neon, Louis Vuitton,, 1 East 57th Street, New York City, New York,

Mannequins with Neon, Louis Vuitton,, 1 East 57th Street, New York City, New York Why art? What is the reason?  This insight is from a speech by Milton Glaser. “How does art help you survive? It helps us survive by making us attentive. In a simplistic way, when you go past a forest and you look […]


Article Capturing a Resurgent City, East Hampton Press and Southampton Press

                                              12-12-05  Article Capturing A Resurgent City Written by Tom Clavin, published in The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press, Review of Book, New New York by Jake Rajs  


New New York, by Jake Rajs, Published by Random House Monacalli Press

New New York by Jake Rajs published by Random House, Monacelli Press

New New York by Jake Rajs published by Random House, Monacelli Press “See exquisite images capturing the indomitable spirit of NYC as photographer Jake Rajs celebrates the city’s newest landmarks—Time Warner Center, Hudson River Park, MoMA sculpture garden and more—placing them in the context of famous highlights such as Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Lincoln […]