About The Bumpers

Television shows use images, animations or graphics before and after commercials as a way of identifying to the channel surfing viewer what they are watching and create a cushion between the show and commercials. These images are called bumpers.

Over 10 years from 1982-1992, I photographed a series of slice of life New York moments that punctuated segments and guests on Late Night with David Letterman.

This work is all pre-digital and predates Photoshop. Everything was shot on 35mm and 220 film cameras.

Art director Bob Pook and graphics coordinators Edd Hall and Pami Shamir and I set off into the night over the years to find as many possible ways to integrate the Late Night with David Letterman name into New York life.

Sometimes we brought props that we put in camera. But for most images, our team of designers prepared the prints with rub-on type, glued on polaroids, air brush and markers onto the mounted chromogenic prints.

Finally, Dave had approval of all images before they made the airwaves. I loved making theses images and hope you enjoy having a look again, even if it's for the first time.

Marc Karzen


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World of Photography - (TV segment 1985)


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