Hands down, Cheryl Dunn is one of the most interesting photographers working today.
Her infectious sense of curiosity and willingness to go where others won’t has made for some compelling work, and the genuine affection for all her subjects couldn’t be more evident. She’s a nice lady. And while she claims to disappear into the background to get her candid snaps, these qualities that make up her nature are very much present in all of them.
That’s why we decided to hunt her down – literally harass her – to get her in our 2013 Photo Annual. And after interviewing her and including her incredible photos (above) in the past issue, we’re excited to announce her up-coming documentary, Everybody Street, which premieres this week at the Independent Photography Festival in Sydney and at Nikehawk Cinema in Brooklyn the following week.
The film pays tribute to street photography, covering almost a century’s worth of material created in the field within the great city of New York. A great number of the artists included had been previously undocumented. Over the course of three years, using 16mm black and white, HD, stills, and archival footage, Dunn and her team were able to pull together what they hope will educate and inspire the street photographers of tomorrow.
BELOW, CHERYL HAS PICKED FOUR PHOTOS FROM ARTISTS FEATURED IN HER FILM, EXCLUSIVELY FOR MC.
Untitled (Kurt Cobain shirt, NYC), 1997
This is a classic Mermelstein photograph. The light, the colors, the odd order or disorder of things and the expression on the young woman’s face with Kurt Cobain’s picture. That “alone in a crowd” feeling that he is so good at capturing. Someone so deep in thought, silent, stuck in a moment, a complete contrast to the environment they inhabit.
This Joel photo is sweet and playful and shot in his zone, near 57th and 5th ave. Photographers know that 57th St belongs to Joel. And he certainly liked photographing the ladies. This is a classic street photo, he was one of the originals and attributed as one of the pioneers of color photography.
Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2004
I love that this picture is a bit lighter than a lot of Boogie’s work and just so Brooklyn. Like only in Brooklyn in a way: the siding on the house, that fence, the old painted signs on brick, the shopping cart. So many lines, the wide angles. The girls being city girls, navigating their terrain … makes me want to climb over fences with them.
Untitled, from Street Cops, 1978- 1979
This photo sort of sums up her Street Cops project. She says she was motivated to do that book because she had never seen a book about good cops, only about bad cops, and she wanted to show what the job really was for the majority of cops at that time. This was taken in the Avenue D projects, really close to where I live now. You would never see this now in a million years. Kids and cops being friends … no way.
EVERYBODY STREET SCREENINGS
November 9 Independent Photography Festival –– Collingwood, AU
November 11-12, 16-17, 22-26 Nitehawk Cinema –– Brooklyn, NY
November 20 Full Frame Theater (Duke) –– Durham, NC
November 20 Raindance –– Berlin, DE
December 2 Cinefamily –– Los Angeles, CA
December 6 Miami Street Photography Festival –– Miami Beach, FL
April 12, 2014 AIPAD –– New York, NY
Buy your tickets here now.
To read Cheryl’s interview, get your hands on a 2013 MC Photo Annual here.