Everybody Street & Close Up: Photographers at Work
Beyond The Image is curated by Clara Bastid, Maira Nolasco, and Zack Taylor
Cheryl Dunn, 2012, 30 min.
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.
Everybody Street Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PNxzXGADz0
Close Up: Photographers at Work
Albert Maysles & Bradley Kaplan, 2009, 53 min.
This Maysles Films documentary, which aired on Ovation Television, offers a unique window into the state of mind of some of the most noted photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Brigitte Lacombe, Susan Meiselas, Steve McCurry, Jay Maisel and Miru Kim. Also includes a portrait of Albert Maysles at work.
Panel discussion with director Albert Maysles, director/photographer Cheryl Dunn, and photographers
Ricky Powell, Clayton Patterson, Martha Cooper and Bruce Davidson (just added).
Moderated by co-curator Zack Taylor. Reception to follow the panel discussion.
Martha Cooper is a documentary who has specialized in shooting urban vernacular art and architecture for over thirty years. In 1977, Martha moved to New York City and worked as a staff photographer on the NY Post for three years. During that time she began to document graffiti and b-boying, subjects which led her extensive coverage of early Hip Hop as it emerged from the Bronx. These photos, published worldwide, helped make Hip Hop the predominant international youth movement it is today. Martha lives in Manhattan, where she is the Director of Photography at City Lore, the New York Center for Urban Folk Culture. See more.
Bruce Davidson began taking photographes at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. While attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, he continued to further his knowledge and develop his passion.He was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris. There he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the renowned cooperative photography agency, Magnum Photos. When he left military service in 1957, Davidson worked as a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine and in 1958 became a full member of Magnum. From 1958 to 1961 he created such seminal bodies of work as "The Dwarf," Brooklyn Gang," and "Freedom Rides." He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1962 and created a profound documentation of the civil rights movement in America. In 1963, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented his early work in a solo show.In 1967, he received the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, having spent two years witnessing the dire social conditions on one block in East Harlem. This work was published by Harvard University Press in 1970 under the title East 100th Street. From 1991-95 he photographed the landscape and layers of life in Central Park. In 2006, he completed a series of photographs titled "The Nature of Paris," many of which have been shown and acquired by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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.
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.
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.
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