Capturing a Neighborhood, one click at a time

September 18th, 2007 by Rachel

I find that often when I’m wearing one of my other career hats, I run into things I want to sharetattoo.jpg with SMITH readers. As an arts journalist (fedora, maybe?) I meet people doing their personal storytelling on stage, screen, or CD. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Clayton Patterson, the legendary local photographer who has shot or videotaped every major happening in the Lower East Side since 1978, from riots to poetry slams, community board meetings to rock concerts. Along with his partner Elsa Rensaa, he’s chronicled the creative, poor, marginalized, and disenfranchised folks that gave the area its vitality for so many years, as well as the recent changes threatening that culture. An exhibition from his archives is showing at Kinz, Tillou + Feigen gallery, but even a trip to their website offers many artistic and documentary pleasures

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