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EVERYBODY STREET | FILM BY CHERYL DUNN
Panel discussion with director Albert Maysles, director/photographer Cheryl Dunn,
EVERYBODY STREET by Cheryl Dunn, 2012, 30 min | Work-in-Progress | During the early decades of the twentieth century, Alfred Stieglitz vividly captured the architecture and urban streetscapes of New York City. The first photographer to take the camera off the tripod, out of the studio, and into the streets, Stieglitz can be thought of as the father of New York City street photography - a genre that produced some of the most exciting and provocative images of the past fifty years. Filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn pays tribute to Stieglitz's spirit through a unique and groundbreaking film that delivers an intimate portrait of some of the most important New York art photographers to emerge since the 1930's.
Her cinematic compilation includes interviews, photographs, and candid footage of the artists, exploring their lifelong dedication to New York as their photographic subject. Photographers profiled include Mary Ellen Mark, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Bruce Davidson, Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Gilden, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Rebecca Lepkoff, Luc Sante and Jeff Mermelstein.
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Albert Maysles is recognized as a pioneer of "direct cinema," the distinctly American version of French "cinema verité." He earned his distinguished reputation by being the first to make non-fiction feature films- films in which the drama of human life unfolds as is, without scripts, sets, or narration. Born in Boston of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Albert received his B.A. at Syracuse and his M.A. at Boston University where he taught Psychology for three years. He made the transition from Psychology to film in the summer of 1955 by taking a 16mm camera to Russia to film patients at several mental hospitals. His films became cult classics. Salesman (1968), Gimme Shelter (1970) is the dazzling portrait of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones on their American tour which culminated in a killing at the notorious concert at Altamont. Grey Gardens (1976) captures on film the haunting relationship of the Beales, a mother and daughter living secluded in a decaying East Hampton mansion.
Cheryl Dunn is a filmmaker and photographer based in New York City. Her work is influenced by alternative urban and youth culture, documenting skaters, the homeless, musicians, graffiti, artists, and their processes. Dunn graduated with a degree in art history from Rutgers University, traveled throughout Europe, and lived in Milan. After traveling Europe in her twenties, she returned to New York to pursue photography, shooting for magazines such as Spin, Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, and Dazed and Confused. In the mid-1990s, Dunn began to focus much more on filmmaking. ►www.cheryldunn.net
Born and raised in New York City, Ricky Powell is a legendary photographer who specializes in the environmental portrait. Though Powell initially rose to fame because of his relationship with the Beastie Boys, he is well-known for his intimate photographs that have been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, The Village Voice, TIME, Newsweek, VIBE, The Source, Rolling Stone, and more. Powell's photographs focus on the organic New Yorker. His photographs simultaneously convey intimacy and detachment, as they provide a unique lense through which the viewer can analyze the mundane. Powell considers the relationship between the photographer and the photograph to be "a chemical connection of some sort". The connection between Powell and his camera is only further stimulated by Greenwich Village, where he currently resides. ►www.rickypowell.com
Clayton Patterson is a Canadian-born avant-garde artist and photographer. Since moving to New York City in 1979, his work has focused almost exclusively on documenting the art, life and times of the Lower East Side in Manhattan, including fights against the injustice of state authorities. Clayton works as Documentary-, Libertarian-, and Tattoo-artist in New York, working closely with his wife Elsa Rensaa and various social groups. Clayton also runs the most voluminous and important NO!art video archives. He is the subject of the seminal documentary, Captured, about the East Village and Lower East East Side, the Thompson Square Park Riots and his work capturing the community