In Remembering Stephen Andrus

I've never met Stephen personally but knew of his work through my son Tom. In 2008, at my son's recommendation, Stephen put me on his mailing list and every few days I would receive a night time photo from somewhere in NYC. I would relive my days living in the city vicariously through Steve's pictures. His shots were always taken at night with his wanderings taking him to all the boroughs. It wasn't long before I fell in love with his work and started a collection of my own favorites which totals well over 300, only a fraction of what he sent. Included in these pages are most of those.

On January 08, 2013, I sent Steve the following e-mail:
Hi Stephen,
We all get lots of mail from the same folks. When one person stops sending, it can be a while without realizing it.
Tonight looking at a TV show I saw a mural painted on a NYC building. I immediately thought of you and realized it's been a while since I've received one of your pictures.
Hoping all is well.

The Last photo I received was, the "Four Old Chairs" December 01, 2012 then a I received notice of Steve's passing on an e-mail dated January 28 noting: "Stephen P. Andrus: Photographic Exhibition & Remembrance". The date given of his passing was only that of "early January". His facebook page implies he was 67. Not being able to attend and so moved by his work, my commemoration will be these webpages of many of my personal favorites. Descriptions given are Stephen's. Ironically Pages 7 & 8, Stephen's earlier shots, wern't added till Sept. 2014. Sadly, his titles we've lost. Be sure to click to enlarge.

Sandy Estabrook, one time NYC dweller 32 W 76. 1966 - 1973                            Stephens Facebook Page

UPDATE: Then by complete surprise, almost a decade later, on August 8th, 2021 I received the following email:

    Your name and email were among those in a file that my friend, Steve Andrus, backed up and entrusted to me along with his photos. Steve used the list to distribute a nightly photo through 2012. I'm writing to share a column about him that I recently posted on Medium.

Death of a Photographer

There's a URL at the end of the story to Steve's gallery on Flickr where he uploaded his pictures over a 5-year period. It might bring back some memories.            Regards,            Michael Antonoff

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Subway Penthouse - (No. 4.5.6, Spring St.)

Field of Dreams (W4th St. Court, Greenwich Village)

Big White Harlem Butterfly

Dancing in the Dark (Grand Central Station, NYC)

The Heart of Dreams

Einstein on the Beach (42nd St.)

Tangles (Staten Island)

Opal Escence (V Narrows Bridege, from S.I.)

R.I.P. (Grant's Tomb, Front

Broadway Proscenium (125 St.)

Enjoy Stimulation (Wooster & Canal)

Chariots of the Night (Broome and Norfolk, south of Delancy, LES).jpg

3 Feet 8 Inches Deep (Lasker Pool, Central Park North)

Harlem (110th St. and Lenox Ave, Central Pk. North)

Faith and Trust (Chinatown)

Night Space (Chinatown, Columbus Pk., Mullberry &Bayard Sts)

Art Never Stops, Just Keep Looking

Bleak House (Mad. Sq. Pk., tree house is 6ft tall)

Ice Cold Shake Shack (Mad. Sq. Pk.)

Darkness at the Edge of Night (Broome St., LES)

All We Need (W. B'way, near Canal)

Chelsea Art Tableau I

Chelsea Art Tableau II

The party's over, It's time to call it a night, (79th St. Boat Basin)

Winter Light (New Jersey from N.Y.C)

Professional Neon (Delancy near Ludlow, LES, exercise in color)
Garbage in Dark Places (5 Pointz, L.I.C., Queens..

Shadows in Dark Places (5 Pointz, L.I.C., Queens.)

The Kiss (5 Pointz, L.I.C., Queens.) 1 hr. ago)

The Angel of Flatbush Ave. (Grand Army Plaza, BK.)

The Lightness of Night (Lower Broadway)

Bandshell (Prospect Park Brooklyn.)

Either Stairway-Symmetry and Balance

Under the Pier (Coney Island)

Boccie At Night (Charlton St., West Side)

Famous Message.

Ambivalent (Rivington, LES obliterated within 2 wks

Motorcycle Corpse on a Cold December Night (Rivington-Bowery, LES)

Hacuila Interpets James Dean (Rivington St.)

Midnight News (End of the Line F train, Jamica, Hillside Ave.

Friday, December 5 (End of the Line F train, Jamica Queens

Gently Raining on Wooster

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