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On the Street
by Amy Arbus
Between 1980 and 1990, over five hundred of photographer Amy Arbus's impromptu and edgy portraits of New Yorkers appeared in the Village Voice's monthly fashion feature, "On the Street." The column's missive was to document the city's most adventurous trednsetters as they lived their lives. But Arbus's photographs tell much more than a style story. From the friendliest to ...more
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Welcome Books
(first published 2006)
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Amazing collection of street fashion photography from 1980s NY. There are so many unique individuals in this book, seemingly unafraid to be stared at or thought strange or eccentric. Lots of the pictures have great quotes from the subjects attached, some of which explain their fashion choices, some of which are completely unrelated to anything. The quotes are really what makes this book a fascinating insight into people and the culture of street fashion.
So, this is a book that I'm in....I'm page 37, taken in 1981 at Cooper Union NYC. I was Amy's muse in the late 70's...I'm not making that up, I've seen it in interviews! Whether I was in the book or not, it's a spectacular documentaion of NYC in the 80's, and that's more for how strong her photography is...I fit in the girl who looks like a boy category. I was 3 months pregnant with twins in a vintage, Emerald green 1960's little boys shark skin suit.
Amazing collection of street fashion photography from the 80s by Amy Arbus. So inspirational if you like 80s New Wave fashions and the East Village art scene. You probably knock off at least one or two stars if you think 80s New Wave fashions are tacky and dated.