Clayton Patterson

Clayton Patterson Kisses for New York Times Magazine

Posted June 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and wife Elsa Rensaa are together on the front page of the New York Times Magazine this week. Smooching. The cover is one of 24 unique takes for the occasion, in which couples kissed during a 24-hour period back in mid-May. Photographer Ryan McGinley captured the images. Patterson […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Kids at the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:09 am

Clayton Patterson’s front door is legendary. This portal to his home and Outlaw Art Museum at 161 Essex Street served as backdrop for thousands of shots. Locals from around the neighborhood posed (and still pose) in front of the door. Many such photos were included in his Front Door Book from 2009. This particular shot […]

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Follow Anthony Bourdain Through the Lower East Side for ‘Parts Unknown’

Posted April 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

Popular chef personality Anthony Bourdain is taking his CNN road show, Parts Unknown, to the Lower East Side next fall. The man has been touring the neighborhood of late, hitting up popular hangouts and meeting with local luminaries. Mr. Kitchen Confidential recently shared his weekend journey on Instagram. Area destinations and notable personalities that will appear in […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Bravest of the Brave [PHOTOS]

Posted April 2, 2018 at 8:36 am

Last weekend, there was a kitchen fire at the Ludlow House on the Lower East Side. It was reportedly the second fire on-premise in as many weeks… …Funeral procession on East Second Street for fire marshal and U.S Air Force Major Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis, who died in Iraq earlier this month with five other servicemen when their […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Of Generations and Gentrification [PHOTOS]

Posted March 21, 2018 at 5:16 am

As the unrelenting winds of the international corporate gentrification keeps eroding away the deep, rich, soil of our culture, it also disposes of “neighborhood” and “community.” It affects both collective memory and history. For example: changing the name of PS 122 into Performance Space New York obliterates the connection to the previous 30-year history. Another […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Memorial for LES Documentarian, Toyo Tsuchiya [PHOTOS]

Posted February 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

If, in the early ’80s, Toyo Tsuchiya’s ambition was to be remembered as a serious New York City documentary photographer, he could not have picked a more overlooked and neglected piece of landscape than the Forsyth and Rivington Street area, between Delancey and Houston. At the time, it was a drug- and crime-infested subdivision. As […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At Samoa’s ‘Candy Coated Evil’ Opening [PHOTO]

Posted January 15, 2018 at 5:12 am

In a poisoned, jaded world, this show is a limitless panacea. Samoa’s vocabulary is so innately understandable by anyone with a heart that still beats. And loved by those of us who understand that art and music and performance can create change, rather than just swell our pockets or decorate our rooms. It’s art that […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Blondie, Bridge Runners, and the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted October 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

Out and about. Here are some photos Clayton Patterson sent us from the last couple months… …Chris Stein, Power Malu, Debbie Harry, Shepard Fairey in front of the new Debbie Harry mural at Bowery and Bleecker Street… …Marvin Moskowitz, tattoo artist son of Walter Moskowitz of the famous Old Bowery Boys tattoo artist. His dad left […]

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Clayton Patterson Revisits the Pyramid Club with ‘Portraits’ Exhibit

Posted October 17, 2017 at 9:29 am

The Pyramid Club of yesteryear is revived, albeit temporarily. Indeed, prolific photographer and activist Clayton Patterson is showcasing his documentation of an era rife with struggling artists immersed in a culturally diverse neighborhood at its peak of creativity. His photos of the scene are often considered a pioneering record of the evolution of drag in […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Summer Light on the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted August 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

In the empty lot on Ludlow Street, on the west side just south of Stanton, hangs a wall-sized photo of Richie Chang. The photo was taken by Adrian Wilson, an interior photographer who previously ran the Inutlious Retailer on the block. Richie and his brother David, since birth, and for a few decades, lived in […]

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