From June 10, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present Cosney Island, New York photographer Harvey Stein premiere's with the gallery. The show is an exclusive online exhibition on view from June 10ththrough July 20, 2020 trough the gallery website.
Cosney island is synonymous of summer and recreation!
Iconic Coney Island series tells the tale of world-renowned photographer Harvey Stein's 40-year romance with "America's playground." Stein's timeless black-and-white images, taken from the 1970s through 2010, capture that quintessential weird and wonderful quality central to the mythos of this iconic Brooklyn beachfront. Consistently shot through the decades with a 21 mm lens, this series of photographs evokes a sense of nostalgia, fantasy and adventure. Walking, observing the boardwalk, the pier, the Amusements, the Mermaid Parade, the beach, the workers, the people, Harvey Stein explore every corners with discipline and an immense commitment, fascinated to be just here and there, embracing the energy, the strangeness and the crowd in a quiet manner.
"Entering Coney Island is like stepping into another culture," Stein writes. "Coney Island is an American icon celebrated worldwide, a fantasy land of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future. There isn't anywhere else like it." With more than one thousand trips, the photographer seems unstoppable about what can be discovered again; Does he belong to Cosney Island? Harvey Stein seems to be inhabited with a kind of eternal return that will never ends!
Harvey Stein frequently leads workshops and lectures worldwide. He has taught at the International Center of Photography since the 1970s. His new book on Cosney Island is cheduled to be released in 2021.
Harvey Stein b. 1941 is an American photographer, teacher, curator, and author based in New York City. His images have been published in the New Yorker, TIME, Life, Esquire, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, Harpers, ARTnews, American Artist, People, and Der Spiegel, among many others.
Stein's photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe — over 81 one-person and 160 group shows to date. His photographs can be found in more than 55 permanent collections, including the George Eastman House, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Denver Museum of Art, the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and, among others, the corporate collections of Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, LaSalle Bank, Barclays Bank, and Credit Suisse.