Everybody Street response

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I really enjoyed the Everybody Street movie. I am currently reading the book Just Kids by Patti Smith which focuses on artists in the East Village in the 70s. (In fact, James Hamilton’s portrait of Patti Smith is in the movie at 15:10.) The documentary touched on a lot of the same things that this memoir focuses on, such as: exploring city culture through photography, the relationship between drugs and money and art, humor in photography, and how music and other art influence photography. Martha Cooper’s interviews stuck out to me specifically as an anthropology and film dual-degree student. She talked about using photography as more of an ethnographic tool rather than purely art for art’s sake. I want to make ethnographic documentaries, so I really appreciate Cooper’s point of view. Rebecca Lepkoff’s interview was valuable to me for the same reason. I also really liked the sections that featured photographs of violence and the police. To me, art has a lot of power to create empathy in an audience that can lead to social change. Many of these photographs were so poignant because they felt politically charged. As a film major, I can sometimes overlook how powerful a single frame can be, but this doc made me really consider the differences between film and photography and recognize the value of a still, silent image.

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