Mean Streets: NYC 1970-1985

Black and white photos from when the sidewalks were open-air stages

In a time when people seem to pause only to snap the picturesque, new photo book “Mean Streets: NYC 1970-1985” is an important reminder to take off the smartphone-induced blinders. The book is compiled of largely never-before-printed black and white shots taken by Edward Grazda, on a Leica rangefinder (on Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5 Plus film). He photographed Bob Dylan and Newport Folk Festival …

13 New York Street Photographers Profiled in “Everybody Street”

We speak with director Cheryl Dunn about her documentary

Directed by Cheryl Dunn, the fascinating documentary “Everybody Street” follows 13 iconic NYC photographers including Martha Cooper, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Jamel Shabazz, Ricky Powell and Boogie. The film explores the allure, danger and pleasure of street photography in an arresting way—all helmed by Dunn’s vision and curiosity. Evident is the beauty and joy of capturing un-staged and unrepeatable split-seconds of action, something rather …

Maboneng Precinct

The arts gentrification of a Johannesburg neighborhood

Named World Design Capital 2014, and host to the influential annual Design Indaba conference, Cape Town has left Johannesburg out of the spotlight. Most recently Adidas and Michel Gondry have both made their mark in “Jo’burg” with projects that may just change common notions of what some believe to be South Africa’s most promising city. Johannesburg’s Maboneng neighborhood, sometimes called “The place of lights,” has …