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For the first time since that hard-to-define decade, this time-capsule collection of images is being revisited. "On the Street "features seventy of the most revealing and expressive images taken by Arbus on the city's fashion-fertile sidewalks. From the unknown to the unmistakably famous, her subjects are all equally unforgettable. Arbus's ubiquitous lens captured the most influential style-makers, from The Clash on the set of Martin Scorsese's "King of Comedy" and Madonna on the same day her single "Everybody" hit the charts, to Anna Sui, Joey Arias, Phoebe Legere, and countless other local artists, actors, costume designers, shop owners, musicians, make-up artists, graffiti artists, and downtown scenesters. From eyewear to underwear and schoolgirl skirts to backless shirts; from women dressed like men to men that are barely dressed; from lipstick to just plain "schtik," there is no aspect of 80's style that goes unrepresented.
A. M. Homes, the renowned author of "The End of Alice" and contributing editor at "Vanity Fair," offers a personal and illuminating essay that introduces and celebrates Arbus' photographs, while elegantly placing them in the context of the time in which they were taken.