Photographer Matt Weber became fascinated by the images that flashed past his window as he cruised the streets of New York City as a taxi-driver more than 30 years ago and wanted to capture the moments in time that disappeared in an instant.

He began documenting urban life in the Big Apple in 1978, and street life in New York has continued to fascinate him.

The grittiness of the big city, captured in black-and-white, is revealed in his images of homelessness, poverty, violence, the loneliness of city life – but Weber has also captured a softer side of the city.

His photographs of couples in love – sneaking kisses through closing subway doors, hand-in-hand in Central Park – are genuine moments of happiness.