Coney Island 1973.
Photographs and text by Jerry L. Thompson.
Ctr for Studies in American Culture, Buffalo, 2006. 144 pp., 45 black and white illustrations and 1 tipped-in original print., 8½x8¼".
'...They and that place were the locomotive at the crossing; art photography was the vehicle, fragile, tinsel-thin, blasted in every direction if not vaporized altogether by the force of impact... By chance, I was there. I saw those faces, and they became my pictures.'
When Jerry L. Thompson first became aware of the Coney Island world, he was a teacher at IS 55 in Brooklyn, NY. He subsequently taught at Yale and elsewhere. His photographic work has been exhibited widely, and he is the author of The Sculpture of Mary Frank (1977), The Last Years of Walker Evans (1997), Truth and Photography (2003), as well as several articles on documentary art.
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