See amazing photos of downtown New York in the ’60s and ’70s (slide show)

A new show in Chelsea, "Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village," features shots of Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and other downtown luminaries

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  • Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    Bob Dylan, Sheridan Square Park, January 22, 1965

  • Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    Demolition of Artist's Studio, Greenwich Avenue, May 19, 1960

  • Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    The Velvet Underground, Big Eye of Nico, April 1, 1966

  • Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    Andy Warhol with Brillo Boxes and Mott's Applesauce, Eleanor Ward's Gallery, April 21, 1964

  • Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    Yayoi Kusama, Performance Artist, June 7, 1967

  • Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    Demonstrators in Front of Stonewall Inn, Christopher Street, June 29, 1969

Photograph: copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Bob Dylan, Sheridan Square Park, January 22, 1965

A new photo exhibition is offering candid glimpses of iconic New Yorkers and the West Village of the ’60s and ’70s. "Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village," on view at Steven Kasher Gallery through March 8, showcases more than 140 pieces by the longtime Village Voice photographer, who passed away in 2007. The Brooklyn-born shutterbug's documentary portraits and cityscapes captured underground art events, be-ins and demonstrations, as well as many of the city's artists, scenesters, politicians and writers (including the Beats).


Click through the images above for a peek into McDarrah's exceptional retrospective. From Bob Dylan on a bench in Sheridan Square and the demolition of an artist's studio on Greenwich Avenue to a NSFW portrait of Yayoi Kusama, the photos offer a rich visual history of downtown New York.



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