downtownfrombehind (DFB) is a photographic series capturing subjects riding their bike from behind on some 200+ streets, avenues and lanes below 14th street in New York City.

The result is an environmental portrait for each street and subject with a goal to highlight a set of individuals, emerging and established, each uniquely contributing; culturally, socially and physically, to make this part of the city what it is today.

The project has been widely covered in the press, from New York Times, Huffington Post, Coolhunting, Vogue, Nylon Magazine and many blogs (thankyou).

Subjects photographed to date include industrial designers, architects, creative directors, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, artists and academics.


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VESTRY STREET, Nabil Ayers, Head of 4AD Records NY for Downtownfrombehind.

NYC native and longtime Seattle transplant Nabil Ayers returned to New York in 2008. He spent years playing drums in bands while simultaneously opening Seattle indie superstore Sonic Boom Records and running his own record label, The Control Group. He now heads the US office of the stalwart UK label 4AD and works with bands like The National, Blonde Redhead, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow and St Vincent. If not at a show, Nabil can be found at The Ear Inn or Cody’s most evenings. Shot on a wet summer’s morning, Vestry Street was a place where Nabil spent most afternoons learning how to ride his bike as a kid, at a time when TriBeCa’s streets and it’s inhabitants were very different to the loft dwellers of today. DFB.


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