Thursday, 9 July 2009

Clayton Patterson vs the Lower East Side

Life Lounge pointed us to this. Amazing.


Over the last 30 years ubiquitous NY personality Clayton Patterson has documented the evolution of life in the city's Lower East Side through its colourful subcultures of yesterday to its modern-day gentrification. Originally from Canada, Clayton came to NY in the late '70s to be an artist. He obviously had an immediate fascination with the neighbourhood's melting pot of artists, junkies, the homeless and 'revolutionary minds' brewing out of the Lower East Side and began to shoot both still and video the daily happenings of the area.

He officially made a name for himself in the late '80s when he captured over three hours of footage during the police riots in Tompkins Square (which ended up being used as evidence and indicting six cops) and suddenly everyone from Oprah to CNN wanted a piece. His craft and in particular his documentation of police brutality has seen him arrested and roughed up by local law enforcement on multiple occasions. Over the years he has amassed an enormous archive of apparently 4000 hours of 8mm and half-inch film and 750,000 colour photographs of people and events in the area.


From the documentary 'Captured':

EC - Style is a Language

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