Coney Island 40 Years will close a popular three-month run at CDS on October 27; the exhibit features black-and-white images from renowned photographer Harvey Stein‘s recent book of the same name as well as a small selection of color images from an earlier book. Stein first went to shoot at Coney Island in 1970, never imagining that it would be the first of hundreds of trips to the famous beachside amusements over the next four decades. A visual document of an iconic American place that is rapidly changing, Stein’s work is, in his words, “a meditation on time, history, persistence and longevity (of both Coney Island and myself), fate, and public social behavior.”
Coney Island 40 Years
Photographs by Harvey Stein
August 6–October 27, 2012
Kreps Gallery, Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
In the videos below, Stein talks about his approach to photography and shooting the images in Coney Island 40 Years; from a talk at the Center for Documentary Studies on September 20, 2012. Created by CDS publishing and digital arts intern, Joel Mora.
Intro / “Coney Island Sign and Shadow,” 2008
Technique and Style
Looking at The Thunderbolt, 1990
Tableaus and Crowds
Harvey Stein has taught at the International Center of Photography since 1976. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliothèque Nationale, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and many other institutions.