Two 1980s NYC Street Culture Docs Capture The Cool, Even In These Trailers (Videos)
New York City has long been an epicenter for culture. From music, to fashion, to art, the five boroughs and beyond have influenced the world near and far. In the 1980s, the Big Apple was especially influential. Two documentarians of the era are Jamel Shabazz and Manfred Kirchheimer.
Shabazz, a New York City native, photographed Hip-Hop and its corresponding street culture as it was happening. Jamel is the subject of a Charlie Ahearn-directed (Wild Style) documentary. Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer chronicles his life, his lens, and his work. In the film are also two subjects of Jamel’s work: KRS-One and another Wild Style alum, Fab 5 Freddy. Released on DVD by the Beastie Boys’ Oscilloscope Laboratories imprint, the limited edition (500 copies) is available now. Here is the official trailer:
Oscilloscope, a/k/a “O-Scope” has also re-released 1981 city symphony, Stations Of The Elevated. Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer, this work places 1970s and 1980s 16mm color reversal stock of the five boroughs against the music of Jazz icon Charles Mingus, and Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. This 45-minute film was shot, produced, and edited by Manfred, who includes the work in his celebration “New York films” collection. Those newly-restored works are available as an included bonus companion materials to the O-Scope release. The official trailer is below: