A woman with a burn mark on her face at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park in 2011. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Photographer Clayton Patterson: Keeping it real through the years, through his lens
November 25, 2022
BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Since the 1980s, Clayton Patterson has been capturing gritty images of the Lower East Side — and the East Village, the part of the LES north of Houston Street that was rebranded to make it more real-estate friendly.
From the arts and music scene to the drag scene to the drug scene, Patterson has tirelessly trained his lens everywhere, documenting it all. He knows many of his subjects personally from the neighborhood, and has documented them at different stages of their lives.
Here are some of a smattering of photos that Patterson recently pulled from his archives and sent to The Village Sun.