Sorry for the late notice (just discovered this yesterday) but Harvey Stein, an accomplished street photographer who has been shooting NYC his entire life will be doing a talk today at the New York Public Library. I will be there- come out!
Since 1970, when world-renowned photographer Harvey Stein first turned his discerning eye toward Coney Island, his love affair with this New York beachfront amusement park began to grow. Over 200 compelling black and white photos tell the tale of his 40-year romance with this iconic locale. Entering Coney Island through his lens is like stepping into another culture, capturing the lives and times of those who work and play there. There is a sense of adventure, a thrilling escape from daily worries, and much pleasure, whether riding the jarring Cyclone roller coaster, walking the boardwalk, viewing the Mermaid Parade, or sunbathing on the beach. Coney Island, America’s first amusement park, is celebrated worldwide. It is a fantasyland of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future.
Harvey Stein presenting an illustrated talk on his book.
Mr. Stein will share some of the photographs and his experiences in producing the book and photographing in Coney Island. He will present a sense of what Coney Island is beneath the obvious rides and beach, it’s not just a playground, it is where life is lived and looms large. The images show the real Coney Island at a time when people crave authenticity.
About Harvey Stein
Harvey Stein is a photographer, teacher, lecturer, curator, and author of five books of photographs: Parallels: A Look at Twins (1978); Artists Observed (1986); Coney Island (1998); Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life (2007) and his latest book, Coney Island 40 Years, published in June 2011. He is the director of photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery and has curated/juried 22 exhibits since 2007. His photographs have been published in magazines such as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, Glamour, Forbes, Playboy, and People, as well as every major photo magazine. He has had over 70 one-person exhibits and more than 145 group shows in the U.S. and Europe; his photographs are in scores of public and private collections around the world. He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography. Some of his work can be seen at www.harveysteinphoto.com and his website devoted to the recent Coney Island book www.coneyisland40years.com.