Worth a look: Everybody Street

Everybody Street Trailer from ALLDAYEVERYDAY on Vimeo.

I just caught up with the trailer above, and I’ve got to say I’m excited about Everybody Street. It’s a look at street photographers who’ve been working in New York over the past few decades, long before Humans Of New York or street style blogs such as The Sartorialist rose to popularity. They’re photographers who’ve found the gritty, the sublime, and the human moments in the city over the years. The movie includes photos from, footage of, and interviews with 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, Jeff Mermelstein, and Boogie, with Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

The film started as a kickstarter campaign and an old duckrabbit post seems to show that it was originally a 30-minute short documentary. Now, it’s an 83-minute documentary drawn from Cheryl Dunn‘s three years following these photographers around the streets. Here’s a recent interview with Dunn about the project.

The screenings page hasn’t been updated in a while, but here’s hoping the movie will be showing soon near you (and me!).

Related: Check out Bill Cunningham New York right now if you haven’t already.

3 Responses to “Worth a look: Everybody Street”

  1. Brenda

    Is it legal to photograph people without their permission? Is it ethical. Do they react negatively. Do the police? Do businesses?

    I don’t know if I could just pull out a camera and take photos of people just like that. I think I’d have to ask them first but then you lose spontaneity. Although with a cell phone you are less obvious. Maybe that is better for getting candid shots.

    • M. Scott Brauer

      Thanks for the comment, Brenda. In the US, at least, it’s legal to photograph anyone and anything in a public place, and then publish that photo in an editorial context. People might get mad. Businesses (or their security guards or the police) might try to stop you from doing that, but it’s your legal right to do so. There are situations where it might be morally wrong to do so, but still legally okay. There’s a nice primer of your rights as a photographer here and the ACLU has some nice resources, as well.

      Other countries might have different laws, however.

      • Brenda

        Thank you for your reply. I don’t think I’m a photographer but I do think visually. I’m in Minneapolis so there isn’t quite the variety you have in larger metro areas but there is some. Especially the Somalian women, we have the largest Somalian community in the US, and the fantastic variety of fabrics they have.

        I’ve been on the bus where an aging punk rocker with a pink mohawk and piercings was sitting next to a bunch of young Somalian girls in their hijabs. Amazing!

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