“It was my first self-assigned art project at twenty years of age,” Stephen Salmieri says of his Coney Island series, “My instincts knew better than I did.” The artist’s feelings of spontaneity and independence are echoed in this photograph of four boys with fishing rods in hand perched atop jagged boulders and surrounded by waves. Here, Salmieri underscores the sense of exploration and adventure that Coney Island provides to young people who crave a break from the city.
Gelatin silver print
image: 8 x 10 1/8 in. (20.3 x 25.7 cm)
sheet: 10 15/16 x 14 in. (27.8 x 35.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed in graphite on verso "Salmieri"
Titled in graphite on verso "NY Coney Island 1971"
Gift of Edward Klein
This item is not on view
Stephen Salmieri (American, born 1945). Coney Island, 1971. Gelatin silver print, image: 8 x 10 1/8 in. (20.3 x 25.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edward Klein, 82.201.48. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.201.48_PS2.jpg)
overall, 82.201.48_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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