Andreas Feininger was a LIFE Magazine photographer known for his haunting images of New York City. LIFE named him one of the most influential photographer who innately understood New York City’s precision and architectural indulgence. He was responsible for capturing New York City’s urgency of realism so much, that it became art; “not merely how a great 20th century city looked, but how it imagined itself and its place in the world.” In a glowing review on Feininger’s technique, LIFE said:

"New Yorkers, meanwhile — that landscape’s inhabitants — were often an afterthought: it was form, pattern and, perhaps above all else, scale that Feininger sought. Human beings might have built this thrilling, sprawling, purposeful urban panorama, but their presence in Feininger’s pictures was not necessary; their handiwork would suffice.