Tuesday Night at the The Nick : "Everybody Street"
One of the first photographers we meet in Cheryl Dunn's Everybody Street is a gentleman with a thick accent named Boogie. Born Vladimir Milivojevich in 1969, the photographer got his start documenting civil war in his hometown of Belgrade, Serbia during the 1990s. He still shoots on film and shares stories from his projects photographing junkies and gangsters in Bushwick.
“There are lines that shouldn’t be crossed. But what are those lines? The deeper you go, the better pictures you take. And then it becomes the most important thing in your life and it can ultimately fuck you up - you know? Destroy your life.”
In Everybody Street, we’re afforded a rare journey through the human experience in the most populated city in America. Through a series of images and conversations with some of the world’s most heralded photographers, we're graciously allowed to follow along as these legendary image makers explore the streets of their own town. “Some people want to pretend it’s a movie and others walk into the world and say, ‘Show me,” explains photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
And as much as Cheryl Dunn’s film is about photography, it’s also about the city of New York and how the humans exist within the giant melting pot. Art historian Max Kozloff says it well, “In a cluster of variables that defy imagination, it was no wonder that a number of photographers grew up taking advantage of what I like to call this ‘volatile proximity of citizens to each other.”
There’s the always quirky Jeff Mermelstein and his wonderful story about the day he came across a burning shoe. And then there’s the polarizing Bruce Gildan. “I don't expect everyone to be me like me - Thank god. If you had 42 Bruce Gildans running around - Jesus Christ - There’d probably be a ban on photography,” says Gildan, “If you look in my eyes, you know, you’ll see that I’m not a normal guy sometimes. I’ve done some pretty wild things out there.”
We follow Jill Freedman as she takes us through the occupy movement, talking shit to law enforcement juxtaposed with her experience as she breaks down outside a memorial for firefighters lost on 911. Freedman may be best known for her books from ’79 and ’81 about New York City firemen and cops where she spent her nights chasing first responders through underbelly of New York. “The kid was shot in the stomach with a shotgun. The true color of violence: it’s not red like ketchup but grey like dead. This is not a movie this is not TV.”
And just when it gets a little too serious, hip hop enthusiast Ricky Powell walks in with stories about hanging with the Beastie Boys, Run DMC and his view on his part of the city. “My neighborhood has been infested by new jack cornballs.” He offers his story about how he got into photography, "Spring of '85 she dissed me for some fucking scrub who wore tie dye yoga pants. I was [like], 'I'm gonna make this bitch sorry she played me like a soggy cannoli. I'm going to take this camera and I'm going to become something where she's gonna be mad sorry she dissed me like this. Spring of '85, early like March, I declared I'm going to take pictures."
Bringing a varied assortment of backgrounds, personalities and a personal masteries of the craft, thirteen photographers: Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gildan, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Martha Cooper, Jamel Shabaz, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell and Boogie guide the viewer on a trip through New York like none other.
Everbody Street appears at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. You can watch the trailer and a series of interviews with filmmaker Cheryl Dunn in the videos below. A short documentary from The Nick’s filmmaker-in-residence Josh Yates about SC photographer Dorian Warneck will accompany this screening.
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