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Alfred Stieglitz: Mean Streets

Art & Design

Georgia O’Keefe’s husband was one of the first photographers to really ‘get’ Manhattan. Photographer-filmmaker Cheryl Dunn does too.

In Everybody Street, radical-chic photographer-filmmaker Cheryl Dunn-who lived blocks from Ground Zero and shot some of the most memorable photographs of the hell it was-provides both an homage to the great Alfred Stieglitz, as well as her street-photography companions.

Everybody that matters in her new documentary tip their hats to the man considered to be the pioneer of street photography, circa late 1800s through 1930s.

Director Dunn interviewed the shooters, plus historians, writers, and curators, including Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson, Bruce Gilden, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Tim Barber, Luc Sante, and Bonnie Yochelson, among others. It’s a hoot, the film, and will make the street you live on feel that much more unique and storied. You may as well lament the loss of character in the wake of modern-day “progress.”

A screening of Everybody Street-as well as the opening of the exhibition of photographs, Alfred Stieglitz New York-will be held Tuesday, September 14, from 8-10 p.m. at the Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street. For a more comprehensive take on the film and the exhibition, read The New Yorker appraisal in the magazine this week: