Tuesday, August 5, 2008
[Image by Clayton Patterson]
Clayton Patterson is the artist and documentarian who has been chronicling the changes in the Lower East Side since he first set up shop here in the early 1980s. Some of his 100,000 photos and 10,000 hours worth of footage went into Captured, which plays tonight at Webster Hall.
Here's a trailer for the film:
Also, Patterson, who grew up in Canada, was featured in yesterday's Toronto Globe and Mail.
Patterson never had much trouble gaining access to the sort of people who might normally be suspicious of a camera in their midst - drug dealers and users, gang members, others on the margins of society - in part because he shoots without judgment. But Captured shows that newcomers to the neighbourhood -- like developers putting up $3-million condos on the Bowery -- are suspicious of his camera.
Previously on EV Grieve:
“When I go out my door now, I don’t see anyone I know. I see the loss of a community.”