— On The Bowery

A gorgeous new poster for Milestone Films’ release of the restoration of Lionel Rogosin’s 1957 documentary On the Bowery, which opens on September 17. Part-verité, part staged drama, On the Bowery chronicles three days in the life of real-life war veteran Ray Salyer who has wound up on New York’s infamous skid row and is sinking fast. Rogosin spent four months shooting in bars and flop houses and under the El with real Bowery denizens, improvising a story around them.


I love the depth of field in the poster. The printed version especially sucks you into its damaged world. According to Anthony Deen, son of assistant cameraman Darwin Deen, this particular shot was set up by covering up the camera with bottles so that the people at the bar would feel comfortable and not pay attention to it.


It’s a beautiful still, but it’s the typography that really makes the poster for me.


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