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New York City 70s, 80s, 90s
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About The Book
For so many living in and visiting New York today, it is forgotten or altogether not known how different so many parts of the city were during that time. Many of these pictures show the reality of the streets then, where every day workers, the homeless, the affluent, and tourists all shared the common space, providing examples of how one of the greatest cities in the world was one often filled with contradictions. But there is also a timeless element to these images as children still play in the parks, streets, and schoolyards, commuters still face the elements daily as they wait, there are still regular demonstrations and parades, and the whole spectrum of the joys and pitfalls of humanity are still visible most anywhere a person looks.
For Boretz nothing was scripted, it all played out right before her. As Patti Smith said, "You need no rationale, no schooling. It's love at first sight. You see something and you have to capture it. Instinctive, bang, you feel one with it." Indeed, Boretz doesn't have a philosophy about shooting other than trusting her instinct: she saw, she shot, she moved on, always looking for moments that made her heart beat faster. It was the continual rush of knowing that at any time she could come upon something real and beautiful. That is why and how she shot and why and how herSTREETis so special.
- Publisher: powerHouse Books (September 19, 2017)
- Length: 120 pages
- ISBN13: 9781576878422
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Raves and Reviews
"Her black and white photographs are a study in compositional skills when photography was much different from the present era of technological advancement."
– Blouin Artinfo
"She [Boretz] has mastered the ability to arrest the viewer's eye and resonate with the timeless photographs of children playing in the park, streets, and schoolyards. As well as the intimacy in lovers, strangers, and relatives.Streetembodies the entire spectrum of the complexities of the common people."
– Daily Beast
"Instead of capturing the social and political strife that dominated the city during that period, Carrie's work focuses on the subtle and often familiar comings and goings of everyday life in the neighbourhoods around where she lived, before the city was reborn and regenerated into the New York we know today."
"The book is a testament to seeing, Carrie managing to stay hyper aware of juxtapositions and relationships, but it is also a testament to commitment, returning year after year to the streets in search of that split second of something real and beautiful."
"The photographs detain notions of simplicity and awareness, avoiding the commotion of the city. The book brings together works of the past, but with aspects of humanity that remain on the streets today."
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