Recap: "Everybody Street" Opening Night Panel
Last Night, Everybody Street, a film by Cheryl Dunn, premiered at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg. The film features work from many prolific documentary street photographers such as 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, Boogie, Max Kozloff and Luc Sante. The premiere was followed by a Q&A panel hosted by Carlo McCormick featuring, Cheryl Dunn, Jeff Mermelstien, Jill Freedman, Martha Cooper, and Ricky Powell.
“Cheryl’s film is a love letter not only to masters of photography but also to the city of New York.” – Carlo McCormick
“If there wasn’t a special energy to NYC you might as well just be in Ohio or Idaho.” – Jill Freedman
“Fuck the new jack cornball.” – Ricky Powell
“I try to capture the ‘decisive moment’ in one shot but, but I just also take more.” – Martha Cooper on Cartier Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment’
“My mother told me to be a dentist…I would’ve made a great Dentist.” – Jeff Mermelstien
Carlo discussed key points of what makes their photography distinct, the image itself and capturing that image. Martha Cooper said she hasn’t used film in 12 years, the ability to change the ISO was one of the reasons. Mermelstien recognized that digital is too slow for the amount of images he captures at a time. Both sides of the debate of film vs. digital were addressed. Comparing photographers to graffiti artists, Carlo made a solid point that both have a preditorial view on the city and are determined to capture what is next.
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Photography by: Vito Badamo