During the month of August, Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm St./Route 1, is hosting an exhibit of 45 years of New York City color photography by Jim Hughes. The exhibit, “Seeing New York, 1965-2009,” represents a body of color work that is now essentially finished, since Hughes and his wife sold their Brooklyn brownstone after more than four decades and moved to a bungalow in Camden last summer.

“In the City, one can walk everywhere. My workweek lunchtimes were usually spent wandering the energized streets surrounding whatever office I happened to inhabit at the time. Weekends, my wife and I strolled Brooklyn’s more leisurely sidewalks. Whether shopping or exploring, I always carried a camera,” said Hughes.

His film of choice has always been the now-extinct 35mm Kodachrome, although a few of the most recent photographs in this exhibit were made with Fuji Velvia 50 and some others with Kodacolor negative film. Hughes uses cameras that might be considered antiques: either a 1951 folding Kodak Retina IIa; or a 1968 Canon 7s, both rangefinder types.

“I have the transparencies or negatives commercially developed, then scan them myself on a Minolta film scanner. I do not crop. Nor do I use Photoshop to manipulate,” he said.

Hughes was the founding editor of the original Camera Arts magazine, for which he received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He formerly was editor of Camera 35 and the Photography Annual. His books include “W. Eugene Smith: Shadow & Substance,” “Ernst Haas in Black and White” and “The Birth of a Century: Early Color Photographs of America.”

“As a writer who photographs, I think of these pictures as sidewalk stories,” he said of the work on view at Zoot.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.