Antonio Bolfo was a photographer before he was a cop. He’s a born and raised New Yorker who joined the NYPD in 2006. Bolfo, who has a degree from RISD, said he joined the force in response to feelings of patriotism following Sept. 11th and general boredom (at the time he had a job doing animation for Playstation games). Once he was put on the beat in South Bronx projects, Bolfo began bringing his camera to work in hopes of documenting the job and capturing images of the emotional and physical strains that come with it.
His photos show a side of the NYPD rarely seen by civilians, what it’s like to be a regular working cop on the job. His photos show the frustration, boredom and excitement that goes along with police work- and also some of the spectacular parts of the job. But they also show the dangerous frightening moments when officers put their lives at risk for their jobs in incredibly dangerous situations. Here are a few of our favorite photos from his collection: