Lost Bohemia | Chicago Reader

Lost Bohemia

Featured prominently in Richard Press's documentary Bill Cunningham New York, the fabled artist studios above Carnegie Hall housed such luminaries as Martha Graham, Marlon Brando, and Leonard Bernstein. This documentary by photographer Josef Astor, a tenant himself, was shot between 2007 and 2010 and records the long, sad process by which the building's corporate owners evicted nearly all the tenants in order to convert the studios into offices. Yet Astor focuses more on the space's extraordinary history than on its unfortunate demise, and he conveys a warm affection for his fellow occupants, some of whom had worked there since the late 1940s. This is essentially a home movie, but what a home.

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  • Josef Astor

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