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Documentary digs into NYC street photography

Cheryl Dunn casts a spotlight on nine decades of New York street photography — with some of the discipline’s best-known practitioners and a few unheralded ones — in her new documentary film, “Everybody Street.”

“If you want to get a really broad slice of humanity, you can find it in New York,” Dunn tells Wired. “Every kind of person is out there and I think that’s what’s attracted all these photographers.”

An image from 'Everybody Street.'
An image from ‘Everybody Street.’

The cast reads like a who’s-who of photographers known for their fleeting imagery of a different time in New York’s history and iconic imagery of the city’s inhabitants: 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 Boogie, as well as historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

The “Everybody Street” Vimeo page contains selected clips from the interviews, including one in which Meyerowitz responds to a question of what makes a good photograph.

“I hitchhiked to Mexico, and in Mexico I saw this. It’s a shooting gallery, and in the shooting gallery there’s a wooden trunk, and in the trunk is a baby who’s screaming. Probably the gunshots,” he said. “I mean, I was able to see that that there was kind of an overall thing, rather than just looking at the baby. So, I think early on, I kind of developed a sense of, you know, what might make an interesting photograph.”

via New Film Profiles NYC’s Greatest Street Photographers

Danziger collection goes to auction in London

LONDON (Fotophile.com) — More than 150 photographs from the collection of James Danziger, former picture editor for The London Sunday Times Magazine and Vanity Fair features editor, will be auctioned at Christie’s on 18 May 2005.

Highlights of the collection, assembled over the past 30 years, include images of modern icons James Dean, Elvis Presley, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Mick Jagger, as well as important images by many of the great photographers of the last century.

Photographs with top estimates include Flip Schulke‘s image of Muhammad Ali training under water, which originally appeared in Life magazine (£1,000-1,500) and a print of what might be the last photograph ever taken of Marilyn Monroe before her death in 1962 (£800-1,200). A Herb Ritts image of Cindy Crawford printed on gold paper is expected to draw between £3,000 and £4,000.

Several celebrity Polaroids by Andy Warhol, capturing a glimpse into pop stardom, will also be offered. A picture featuring Mick Jagger is expected to draw £4,000 to £6,000.

Danziger, who ran U.S. operations for Magnum Photos and founded the eponymous gallery, collected photographs spaning the history of the medium from the 1860s to the end of the 20th century. As such, auction offerings from his collection includes images by Magnum photographers such as W. Eugene SmithElliott ErwittEve ArnoldDennis Stock and Paul Fusco.