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Title: Street Art/N.Y. – A Photo Essay
Author: New York City Parks – Recreation and Cultural Affairs Administration
Photo credits to: Randy Abbott, Eric Jones, Katrina Thomas
4to, Softcover, 26 pages, photographically illustrated covers.
Published in 1968 by the New York City Parks, designed and produced by Doyle Dane Bernbach/Promotion Plus Inc.
This photo essay was meant to convey a progressive message about the importance of the arts for social integration and personal improvement. During the summer of 1968, several workshops in different artistic disciplines, such as dance, music theater, visual arts, film-TV, poetry, were set up by the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs of the New York City Parks. These workshops reached many citizens, in particular hundreds of teenagers. This program offered the opportunity for many young individuals to relate art to their own specific cultural and social background, while involving a broad local community in the creation of murals, films, plays, etc. A photo essay was designed to document this experience and hopefully stimulate similar initiatives. It resulted in an exceptional photobook, integrating full page pictures and exploiting the full potential of the medium to convey a progressive and social message.