“Coney Island is a fantasy land of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future.” —Harvey Stein
In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book Coney Island 40 Years, a meditation on time, history, persistence and longevity, fate, and public social behavior. Stein’s images capture the amusement park from 1970 to 2010 and are photographed in black and white to reveal Coney Island in its more moody and evocative moments.
Arrive early between 5–6 pm to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries and attend a public reception and book signing.
This program is free and open to the public.
About Harvey Stein
Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and is Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. Stein is the recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist-in-residency grants. He has published six books, including Coney Island 40 Years, 2011 (Schiffer Publishing).
Stein’s photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), International Street Photographer (cover), Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.