Harvey Stein Presents Coney Island People 50 Years with Margarita Mavromichalis

06/21/2022 - 6:00pm

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 21 AT 6 PM

Photographer Harvey Stein celebrates the launch of Coney Island People 50 Years, in conversation with international traveler and photographer Margarita Mavromichalis.

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Coney Island is an American icon celebrated worldwide, a fantasy land of the past with an evolving present and an irrepressible optimism about its future. It is a democratic entertainment where people of all walks of life and places are brought together. There isn’t anywhere else like it, and that is much of its appeal. Here 170 evocative black-and-white images taken by eminent photographer Harvey Stein from 1970 through 2020 simultaneously look back in time while giving a current view to the people and activities of this “poor man’s Riviera.” The images capture the wonder and intimacy of Coney Island. There is no photo book that has been published that documents a 50-year time period of a famous location taken by one photographer. Being in Coney Island is like stepping into another society, rather than just experiencing a day’s entertainment.

HARVEY STEIN is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He is widely know for his ability to elevate the everyday to a space of wonder. Stein specializes in long term projects and is drawn to people and how humanity reveals the most about the spirit of a place and perhaps about life itself. He teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Los Angeles Center for Photography and has taught in several undergraduate and graduate photography programs. He has curated 67 exhibits since 2007. His photographs are widely exhibited in the United States and Europe-89 one-person and over 170 group shows to date. Stein’s images are in 58 permanent collections including the George Eastman Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Denver Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale. Coney Island People 50 Years (Schiffer Publishing) is his tenth published photobook. His most recent books are Mexico Between Life and Death (Kehrer, 2018) and Then and There: Mardi Gras 1979 (Zatara Press, 2020). His work is represented by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in New York. See Harvey’s work on his website www.harveysteinphoto.com, @stein.harvey on Instagram and harveysteinphoto.com on Facebook.

MARGARITA MAVROMICHALIS has spent her life living and traveling all over the world. She speaks five languages and studied translation and interpreting. She likes to think that photography is her second language, as it’s a universal language, one that is understood by all across the world and that it conveys messages and stories in the most powerful way. Margarita is mostly attracted to street photography and the elements that evoke emotions and surprise in our every-day life. She is passionate about documenting current events that she feels very strongly about, highlighting their social impact. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, and San Diego and most recently in Budapest, Athens, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, London and Paris. View Margarita’s work at www.margaritamavromichalis.com and on Instagram @tita_mavro.


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