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Meet The Most Photographed Trader On Wall Street

Peter Tuchman has been on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for almost 30 years. He's seen it all, and if you've read a Wall Street-related story over that time, you've probably seen him.

Posted on February 3, 2014, at 2:39 p.m. ET

AP Photo/Richard Drew

December 6, 2012.

Peter Tuchman is one of the dwindling number of people, mostly men, who every day from the opening bell at 9:30 a.m. to the closing bell at 4:00 p.m., are on the phone buying and selling stocks on behalf of their clients on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Tuchman has been a constant on the floor since 1985 and is now one of the 1,000 employees on the floor and 700 traders still there.

On the morning of our interview, Tuchman had traded for his clients on two initial public offerings and three secondary share sales, when public companies sell more shares to raise cash. "I need to know exactly where they're opening, what the volume is, where I think there's going to be support and resistance in the aftermarket," Tuchman said while looking down at his "handheld," the iPad-looking device that brokers use to enter their trades. "That's what my guys want to know. That I can offer from looking to see who's in the crowd , looking at the order flow they have, interpreting the information."

Tuchman's distinctive hairstyle and expressive manner have made him a staple of the business pages and websites looking to illustrate their market stories.

Carlo Allegri / Reuters

Dec. 31, 2013

"My hair has been an asset to me for a long time," said Tuchman, although he long ago lost the 20-inch ponytail he came to the exchange with in the 1980s.

The Associated Press

Jan. 17, 2014

"My expressions are pretty true because this place excites me," Tuchman said. "When it goes up or down, my expression will be a expression of grief or joy. It's pretty simple to look at me and see if it's an up 400 day, down 400 day."

Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

Feb. 19, 2013

Tuchman's wrists are covered in bracelets that jingle as he walks the floor. "They put up a sign once citing me for excessive jewelry," he said.

Via Spencer Platt / Getty

Aug. 31, 2010

Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

Oct. 25, 2012

On the rise of electronic trading, Tuchman said: "We did not become more productive, there is nothing productive about the new technology, in my opinion. There was a lot more communication, transparency, a lot more volume back then."

Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid

Nov. 21, 2011

But Tuchman, like many on Wall Street, is a stubborn optimist. "I'm really positive about the place. What we offer is unmatched in the world."

Spencer Platt / Getty

Dec. 3, 2013

And even after a quarter-century on the NYSE floor, Tuchman said, "I don't miss a day because you don't know what's going to happen."

Via Spencer Platt Getty

Sept. 8, 2008

Here's a selection from the dozens — if not hundreds — of photos of Tuchman from the NYSE floor over the last five years taken by Reuters, Associated Press, and Getty Images alone.

Spencer Platt / Getty

Oct. 22, 2008

Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

June 11, 2010

Spencer Platt / Getty

June 1, 2011

AP Photo/Richard Drew

Oct. 3, 2012

AP Photo/Richard Drew

Jan. 25, 2013

Spencer Platt / Getty

Feb. 1, 2013.

Spencer Platt / Getty

March 5, 2013

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Sept. 11, 2013

Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

Jan. 21, 2014

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