The Coney Island History Project is pleased to announce the upcoming photo exhibit “Abe Feinstein: 50 Years of Coney Island Photography,” on view from June 2 through July 1.
Photographing Coney Island became Abe Feinstein’s passion after he moved there with his family in 1962. For the next half century he documented the neighborhood’s fast changing streetscape on a daily basis. Part archeologist, part photojournalist, Feinstein presents a body of work that is not overly sentimental or nostalgic. His vision is an unblinking yet optimistic look at how the “People’s Playground” was transformed by politics, disasters, and urban renewal. From the last days of Steeplechase Park to the City’s recent controversial redevelopment, Abe Feinstein documented it all.
Abe worked in Manhattan’s Camera Barn, and had access to equipment ranging from small half frame cameras to the best Leicas. 83-year-old Feinstein is still a prolific shooter who is always experimenting and his photographs of the neighborhood, especially his unique night shots, capture the magic of Coney Island as no one else can.
“Abe Feinstein: 50 Years of Coney Island Photography” will be on view from June 2 through July 1, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon- 6pm, and by appointment to groups. The Coney Island History Project exhibit center is located at 3059 West 12th Street at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, just a few steps off the Boardwalk. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.