Deep inside New York City, the most vibrant tourist district in the world, workers in suits wander the streets, courting and jesting at the passers-by who might be honest enough to show them a dollar in exchange for a picture. Most people continue walking, and don’t even acknowledge them as they labour among the bright lights and heavy sounds. More commonly, the crowd will avoid them, creating a vacancy of tourism in this harsh tourist attraction. In the end, to survive and to make a living, they must search and push for the attention they need. 

If you watch you’ll notice anger, frustration and weariness. If you watch longer, you’ll see a sense of loneliness and isolation.

But the thing is, most will be unaware, because their smiles hide everything.

Archive: PETRIe Inventory 65

Words and Photography: Sam Rock