Filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn shines a light on New York City street photography in her new documentary “Everybody Street.” The film features interviews with renowned street shooters, including Elliott Erwitt, Rebecca Lepkoff, Joel Meyerowitz, Ricky Powell and Jamel Shabazz, who discuss everything from how they got their start in photography to the esthetics of digital versus analogue imagery and the state of the photo industry today.
Along with seeing examples of their work, Dunn follows some of the photographers as they shoot the streets of New York City. The most notable of these excursions give the film’s viewers the chance to watch Bruce Gilden jump in front of his often-alarmed subjects and to see Boogie’s shots moments after watching him press the shutter. Equally impressive is learning how certain photographers approached different projects they made, such as Martha Cooper‘s work on Lower East Side kids and graffiti; Bruce Davidson’s series on a Brooklyn gang, Harlem poverty and the subway; and Jill Freedman‘s books on police officers and firefighters.
Art critics Max Kozloff and Luc Sante provide historical context to round out the film, which ends up being a fascinating look at the photographers who capture the gorgeous, maddening, dangerous chaos of the city that never sleeps.
The film is $13 to purchase, $5 to rent. Visit the website for more information.