“Everybody has a life. Everybody has a sensibility. Everybody has yearnings. Everybody has a cause to plead. And everybody has a camera. It takes an intelligence as bold as Amy Arbus to turn these universal commonplaces not just into works of art, but works of insight.” —Richard Avedon Five hundred of Amy Arbus’s impromptu, edgy, and adventurous portraits appeared in her Village Voice style feature, “On the Street,” between 1980 and 1990. These black-and-white images captured New York City’s most fashion-forward residents. For the first time since that decade of self-exploration, these photographs are being revisited. On the Street is a collection of more than 70 of the most influential images, those that lend a voice to an era when individuality and self expression were fighting for breathing room in a culture that valued economics over creativity. Arbus’s lens captured New York’s most influential style-makers: The Clash on the set of Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy; Madonna the same week her single “Everybody” hit the charts; Anna Sui; Joey Arias; Phoebe Lègére; as well as performance artists, costume designers, shop owners, musicians, make-up artists, graffiti artists, and urban hipsters. Renowned author A.M. Homes offers a marvelous introductory essay that delves into the social and cultural environments surrounding this stunning collection of photographs. AMY ARBUS’s photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world including The New Yorker, Aperture, People, and The New York Times Magazine. She has published two books, The Inconvenience of Being Born (Fotofolio, 1999) and No Place Like Home (Doubleday & Company, 1986) and has had thirteen one-woman exhibitions. Her photographs are a part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. A.M. HOMES is the author of several acclaimed novels and short story collections. Her work appears in magazines such as The New Yorker and Artforum among others, and she is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Mirabella. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and The New School.