Harlem Photographer Rudy Collins Talks Photo Tips, New Book, And More

We’re asking Harlem World Magazine contributors questions about what they are working on and what is up for the holidays in Harlem.

Today we caught up with long-term Harlem World Magazine photographer Rudy Collins and asked him a few questions about life, photography, his new book, and more.

Harlem World Magazine: What do you expect the reader to get from your book?

Rudy Collins: A visual satisfaction…like seeing a good movie.

HWM: What is your favorite place in Harlem?


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RC: 125th Street in Harlem.

HWM: What’s the key to taking a great photograph?

RC: Being in right place at the right time.

HWM: Where are some of the best places to take photographs in Harlem?

RC: The parks, 125th Street, walking through neighborhoods in Harlem.

HWM: Why did you create the book “Harlem is art ll?

RC: To record the art of the Brownstones, The Harlem of today.



HWM: How can readers buy the book?

RC: Amazon and Blurb, like this one at Harlem is Art ll.

HWM: Do you have any tips for someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps?

RC: Just shoot, shoot, shoot anything to get the eye development. Study the craft.

Here are some of Rudy’s images from over the year at Harlem World Magazine:

HWM: We know you’re a member of the Black Photographers Collective (BPC) can you tell me more about them and what they do?

RC: We are a group looking to introduce photography to youth, and publish an annual photo book of Black photographers.

Related: Harlem Photographer Rudy Collins Talks The Places, The Process, And More On The Harlem World Magazine Podcast.

HWM: You’ve been working with HWM for a number of years, any photo shoots that stand out?

RC: I did a shoot where I met and photographed Ruby Dee, one of my heroes.

HWM: Thanks.

RC: Thanks.

Rudy Collins.

Harlem photographer of the beautiful brownstones and things Harlem for 20+ years. He has been a photographer with Harlem World Magazine since 2016. Find more of Rudy’s book “Harlem is art ll” on Blurb and his work on Fine Art America.

Photo credit: 1) Rudy (self-portrait). 2) Melba. 3) Harlem Police Officer Funeral. 4) Harlem women. 5) Harlem chicken lady.

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