You’ve seen the first album of photographs from Manel Armengol’s trip to in New York in 1977 and 1978, when he went backstage to meet Divine. (And don’t miss his pictures of Barcelona under attack in the 1970s.) Here’s Album 2.
Where politer European cities might have had street mimes, New York has always had the Brechtian street theatre of pavement psychodrama. The city clanked and cracked with the stress of its own fear and anger. It lashed out at the unwary. The streets sagged and steamed with a subterranean fury. The fire escapes rattled like mad monkey cages.
– AA Gill, The Times 2012
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