New York, 1963 by Joel Meyerowitz
New York, 1963 by Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz at street photography screening

The New York street photographer joins director Cheryl Dunn for a special screening of Everybody Street

Films by and about image-makers can often come across as a little flat and self-referential, yet Cheryl Dunn's new documentary, Everybody Street, about New York's street photographers, is as wild and inspired as movies get.

As we reported back in November, the 90-minute feature, which debuted at Toronto's HotDoc's festival last April, tells the story of how a handful of photographers brought reportage-style photojournalism to the avenues of America's biggest city, and, in so doing, captured NYC's highs and lows.

New York City, 1946 by Elliott Erwitt
New York City, 1946 by Elliott Erwitt

The film features interviews with and images by 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 Serbian street photographer Boogie, as well as contributions from photographic historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

There can't be another art form that has so closely recorded with the city's travails. From the film's interviews, it's clear that these practitioners were wholly committed to a method of presenting their city in a strikingly new and unadorned way.

 

Mary Ellen Mark, on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979)
Mary Ellen Mark, on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979)

The movie has been made available to buy and rent, but if you're in New York next Monday and would like a little more insight, TIME Magazine has organized a special screening at the School of Visual Arts in New York, followed by a Q&A session with director Cheryl Dunn and the brilliant and much-loved Phaidon photographer Joel Meyerowitz.