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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HOUSTON STREET, Colin Brice and Caleb Mulvena, architects and founders of Mapos for Downtownfrombehind.

Colin and Caleb have had somewhat of a professional romance for almost fifteen years. They worked at opposing firms, chasing one another from Aspen to Boston during their careers before finally deciding to tie the knot (so to speak) in New York launching their own studio, Mapos, in 2007. Perched in a modern loft on the Bowery, their office is full of architects, designers, and hard-to-label creatives who provide the multi-disciplinary services for creative concepts, architectural environments and experiential branding. We first stumbled upon their work, the restoration of the former YMCA building on Bowery now green retail store Green Depot at its opening. Green Depot is a great destination for several reasons, for us it’s the retail hit and history fix all in one. The original pool tiles still dress its beams and what was once a pool (you can still see the concrete outline) is now full of green products. The guys are currently working on a full rebranding for skin care and cosmetics national store Fresh. The first of the new look stores was unveiled recently at the Broadway and 18th street location just north of Union Square. Colin and Caleb are fearless bikers, coffee enthusiasts, and occasional models (see J. Crew catalogue circa 2009). They frequent Tom and Jerry’s for cold beer. So do we. DFB.

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