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Children on the Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.
Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.Rebecca Lepkoff—Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery
Children on the Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.
Children on the Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.
Children on the Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.
Man on the Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.
New York City, 1963.
New York City, 1963.
New York City, 1963.
Police restraint, 1979
Knife Fight Alphabet City New York City 1979
Prostitute jeans 1981 New York City
Female cop in hallway, New York City, 1978
2nd Avenue New York City, 1980
A gangster holds the tools of his trade: a gun and dime bags of crack cocaine, each with a street value of $5 USD. Summer Housing Public Housing Projects, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY, 2007.
Crack and heroin addicted mother of three shoots up in the bathroom while her children are knocking on the door asking for help with their homework. Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, 2004.
Enrique performs at the crossroads in Mexico City. Mexico, 2007.
A police officer patrols rooftops of the public housing projects. Summer Housing Public Housing Projects, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY, 2005.
USA. New York City. 1979. World Trade Center or the Twin Towers.
Ann Slavit’s inflatable vinyl sculpture Della Street (©1978), exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City, USA, 1978.
USA. New York City. 1969.
A young couple from the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, 1980.
3 brothers from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, share an intimate moment after leaving the barbershop, 1988.
Tougher than leather. The Lower East Side, NYC, c. 1985.
A former Marine who served in the Vietnam war with the 3rd Marine division during 1968 -1969. The Lower East side, NYC,1988.
Pro-Vietnam War demonstrator, New York City, 1968.
Anti-Vietnam War demonstration, New York City, 1968
Pro-Vietnam War demonstrators with flag, New York City 1968.
Jeanette's neighbors in their kitchen, Brooklyn, New York, 1979.
USA. New York City. 1996.
USA. New York City. 1986.
USA. New York City. Woman walking on Fifth Avenue. 1992.
Man in New York City, c. 1993-1997. McDonald's sign
New York City, c. 1993-1997. Fire hydrant
New York City, c. 1993-1997. Woman in glasses
New York City, c. 1993-1997. Red head man smoking ciggarette
USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang. Bengie combing his hair outside the candy store.
USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.
USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.
Lower East Side, New York City, 1978. Kids playing in street with car
Lower East Side, New York City, 1978. Kids playing in the street
Lower East Side, New York City, 1978. Kids playing in the street
Lower East Side, New York City, 1978. Kids playing in the street
Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.
Rebecca Lepkoff—Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery
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On Everybody Street: Meet New York's Famous Street Photographers

Feb 26, 2014

Why is it that some photographers take to the studio, while others take to the street? Is street photography photojournalism, art -- or both?

These are some of the questions raised by Everybody Street, a new documentary chronicling the life and work of 13 of New York's most renowned street photographers, including Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Gilden, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliot Erwitt, Jeff Mermelstein, Boogie and Martha Cooper.

In order to find answers, director Cheryl Dunn shadows these photographers -- many of whom are still working -- as they share their often-personal relationships with the camera, and interlaces the resulting oral history-like conversations with images of their unedited photographic stills. It's a meandering, engrossing film that, despite its sometimes fractured pace, nonetheless centers solidly around New York as an important center of street photography, and the craft itself as an always diverse -- if often inconsistent -- form of revelation.

A trailer for Cheryl Dunn's Everybody Street

For Dunn, it is the immediacy of this photographic form that sets it apart: "There is a big element of chance," she tells TIME. "You need to be open to anything. It's different from other forms."

Indeed, through Dunn's eyes we certainly see the sheer diversity of the photographers' work. There is the nervy discomfort of Boogie's projects on crack addicts, the natural elegance of Mary Ellen Mark's Vietnam war protestor portraits, and there is a beautiful, sometimes sublime joy that emerges from Elliot Erwitt's lens.

Dunn's direction leaves us with little doubt, too, that while this may be a unique form of photography, it is surely a branch of photojournalism; a branch often as coarse and as wonderful as the streets from which it emerged.

Everybody Street plays March 3rd at 7pm the School of Visual Arts in New York. A Q&A session with director Cheryl Dunn and photographer Joel Meyerowitz, moderated by TIME's Director of Photography Kira Pollack, will follow. RSVP for this event at everybodystreet@alldayeveryday.com

Join LightBox's first ever live Twitter chat Friday, Feb. 28 at 3pm EST with Everybody Street director @cheryldunn7 #AskLightbox

Richard Conway is Reporter/Producer for TIME LightBox. Follow him on twitter @ RichardJConway

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