Emon Hassan

Emon Hassan is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer. He is the founder of the music website Guitarkadia and a regular contributor to The New York Times.

Stories By Emon Hassan

The Harlem Grandmaster and His Ten Thousand Karate Kids

For nearly half a century, Sam McGee has offered generations of Harlem residents free martial arts training, and the confidence to fight without fists.

The Shaman of Passaic

Behind a tiny North Jersey storefront selling curative herbs and tarot readings, a mystical Mexican healer fights to keep his endangered language alive.

The Marionette Maestro

A renowned puppeteer and his tiny Brooklyn company stage their quadrennial revival of Aladdin—using spit, glue, and the same painstakingly-restored marionettes they have for the...

The BMX Boys of E.T.

The untold story of the bike broker and the fearless riders behind the Spielberg blockbuster and its legendary chase scene.

By Whom the Bells Toll

Perched in a tower above the majestic Riverside Church, an eighty-two-year-old musician presides over the venue’s crown jewel—one of the world's largest carillons.

The Society Shooter

From the swankiest soirees to the catwalks of Fashion Week, on the beat with New York's hardest working party photographer.

Just Like Clock Work

Master horologist John Metcalfe takes us inside his "hospital for clocks," a precisely-tuned world where time never stops.

No Strings Attached

A Brooklyn artist creates instruments out of old shovels, whiskey bottles and other forgotten curiosities.