Sylvia Plachy is one of the most prolific and influential photographers of the late 20th century. After fleeing the
Hungarian Revolution as a child, hidden in a horse cart, Sylvia arrived in New York City and studied at Pratt Institute,
graduating in 1965. Joining the Village Voice staff under New Journalism proponent Clay Felker in 1974, Sylvia went
on to document four decades of cultural happenings, homicides, artists, riots, writers, circus animals, and street scenes.
Her photographs capture a time when New York City was both a center of world culture and art and a deeply
fractured, churning cauldron of politics, race, class, corruption and money.