Urbanphoto was launched in 1999
as the Urban Photo Page. Since then, it has existed in various forms. The
most recent photoblog-style format dates to 2003. Please visit
the archives for old
photos and posts.
What inspired Urbanphoto? Simply put, a
passion for cities and a love for urbanity, that intangible vitality that
makes cities so intriguing. And when you love something, you want to
share it: hence Urbanphoto. We adore cities and while away our time by thinking about
them. We're awestruck (albeit in a subtle, slightly jaded way) whenever we
walk down the street. With Urbanphoto we hope to offer a place where armchair urbanists can
revel in the things they adore and average folks can learn to appreciate
their urban environment. Our feature photoessays examine the city through a
photographer's own particular point of view. We
intend our essays, interviews and opinion pieces to provoke and inform.
Finally, our discussion
forum, the café l'urbanité, is a part of the site that has become increasingly vital, offering our readers a
chance to discuss their own interest in cities, urbanism and urbanity.
Above all, Urbanphoto is a documentary
project. Through our photos, we're attempting to record the city -- our
habitat, our environment -- as it exists today. With writing, we
aim to foster discussion about cities, the problems they face, what makes
them work and how we can improve them.