Everybody Street

Whoa. This short trailer really moves me! Fills me with admiration, envy, and longing.

I’ve always loved street photography, but have always been really scared to do much of it, myself. I’m scared of angry people, scared of losing my camera or having somebody I’ve photographed demand money from me, or hit me, or even just confront me. I feel guilty shooting on the fly, like I want to shrink and disappear (I’d give anything for a cloak of invisibility, but I took the darned thing off and hung it up in a locker room one day…never did find it again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Part of me understands that photographs taken this way will always have a hundred times more raw energy, more truth, more revelation, than anything posed, or shot after asking permission. Changes the energy levels. Changes the story of the image. Changes the whole thing.

I am so in awe of this group of maverick street photographers and what they do.

“Everybody Street” illuminates the lives and work of New Yorkโ€™s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

Featuring: 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.

For more information about the feature, visit the website

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8 thoughts on “Everybody Street

  1. I just wanted to give this lovely space of yours a little shoutout. I “nominated” your blog for a Liebster. Thanks for putting yourself out there; I come back time and time again!

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  2. this is great. I love the imagery but like you I’m always too scared to take my camera and start pointing it at the people and things that interest me. I read somewhere that should ask people if they mind you taking their photo. On occassion I’ve done this but it’s not quite the same as capturing them in the moment – candid is best!

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    1. I have this fantasy wherein I’ve got a camera built into my eyeball, and can zoom and adjust my retina like a camera, and basically photograph anything I can see. The coward’s daydream.

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  3. That looks like an amazing film. Some of the images they previewed were just amazing. I love the photo journalistic kind of photo and almost never ask people to pose for pictures anymore. But I know what you mean about the fear of how people will react. It can feel intrusive, like your taking something from someone without their permission. My dad has mastered what he calls a “hip shot” to take pictures of people without drawing as much attention to himself.

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  4. This is awesome and energizing! Thanks so much for posting this. I want to take more street photos but, like you, dread the scenes. Oh, let’s toughen up, girl!

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