Rational Beauty

Perfect Strangers

Over the last seven years, Melissa O’Shaughnessy has photographed daily on the streets of New York. As one of a growing number of women street photographers contributing to this dynamic genre, O’Shaughnessy enters the territory with clarity and a distinctly humanist eye, offering a refreshing addition to the tradition of street photography. Through her curious and quirky vision, we witness the play of human activity on the glittering sidewalks of the city. Woven into her cast of characters are the lonely, the soulful, and the proud. She has fallen for them all—perfect strangers.


Publisher: Aperture
Photographer: Melissa O’Shaughnessy
Introduction: Joel Meyerowitz
Editor: Denise Wolff
Designers: Jeanette Abbink, Mike Abbink (Rational Beauty)
Senior Production Manager: True Sims
Production Manager: Andrea Chlad
Senior Text Editor: Susan Ciccotti
Copy Editor: Elena Goukassian
Editorial Assistant: Lanah Swindle
Work Scholars: Arnold Barretto, Joanna Knutsen, Djuna Schamus

Typeface: Aperçu, Colophon Foundry

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 144
Number of images: 91
Publication date: 2020-10-27
Measurements: 11.5 x 9.75 x 0.8 inches