In another life I was an Art Director. As with most Art Directors I always fancied being behind the camera taking the shots as well as directing the shoot.
When ever I took my old Pentax out I would always prefer reportage shots and not staged wooden ones with wonky smiles and awkward poses.
I stumbled on the film Everybody Street. I’d never heard of it before I saw it and didn’t know what to expect. So there I was, in the flat on a gray day in March, a dull day sandwiched with a glipse of early Summer, watching this film.
Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.
Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie, with historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.
Directed by New York photographer Cheryl Dunn, the film puts aside the concept that there is but one type of approach to street photography and reveals that the city as a subject can be rendered in myriad of engaging ways.
Though conversations with legends of the genre, the film glimpses into the world of lesser known photographers it provides some interesting counterpoints to the iconic figures which often represent New York street photography.
Please check out the films website at everybodystreet.net
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