He made his living as a commercial photographer, but his soul yearned for something more:

Robert (Bob) Otter captured Greenwich Village unlike any other photographer of his era. He was a native New Yorker as well as a Village resident, and preserved the Village through his masterful imagery: a vibrant, bohemian community perceived by many as the "eye of the hurricane" that was the Sixties. A haven for an unusual assortment of artists, families, counter-culture types, philosophers, working folks, and various oddballs, Otter's lens caught it all.

In the early 1970s, after ten years as a professional photographer, he exited the artistic world, and passed away in 1986.

Transport yourself to the Greenwich Village of yesteryear, as you view these nostalgic images in pure black and white.

all images and text ©2012 Ned Otter

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