The New-York Historical Society wants your photos of Time Square

Me in Times Square in October 2000 (too early for the NYHS project, but you get the idea).

As reported in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, the New-York Historical Society is inviting members of the public—tourists and locals, amateurs and professionals—to send in digital photographs of Times Square taken between Nov. 21, 2010 and March 31, 2011.

You can send in as many as you like. And don’t worry, they don’t have to be works of creative genius. Snapshots are welcome.

“We are not looking for masterpiece photographs,” said curator Marilyn Satin Kushner, who heads the N-YHS’s Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. “We’re looking to document Times Square at this moment in time.”

The Society’s open call is intended in part to bring its photography collection up to date. Though the institution houses a strong collection of images of Times Square in decades past—the earliest from the 1860s—its holdings of contemporary images needs a boost.

“Today’s pictures are tomorrow’s history,” Ms. Kushner said. “In order to preserve history, we need help from the public.”

Complete submission guidelines are available at www.nyhistory.org

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