In the 1940s and 1950s photographic technology advanced to a point where photographers could move freely with handheld cameras and capture information with a never before seen clarity. In the wake of pioneering work from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, a generation of photographers took to the streets of New York, producing some of the most iconic images of the past 100 years.

For this issue, we’ve spoken to photographers that were working during a decisive moment in time, which could not have been more vital to photography’s cultural history. Hotshoe’s aim has always been to present a multitude of voices, not the opinions of its editors, so we’ve gone straight to the source to ask a few of those involved the same questions, allowing the bones to fall as they may, and to tell their own story as they lived it.