Why do some photographers go to the street and others to the studio? That question opens Cheryl Dunn’s documentary about New York street photographers, a film filled with entertaining and eccentric characters and incredible visuals (obviously) that unfortunately lacks a centre. There are great portraits of artists who have been shooting New York for decades, including Bruce Davidson, Martha Cooper, Jill Freedman and Mary Ellen Mark. But in skipping around from one to another and back again, the movie often lacks focus. There’s the requisite debate over shooting digital versus film, but surprisingly nothing on how seemingly everyone is a street photographer these days and what that means for the art form.
April 28, 8:30 p.m., ROM; April 30, 5:30 p.m., Hart House; May 3, 11 a.m., Bader.