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Coney Island

Stephen Salmieri


“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.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver print
DATES 1971
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite on verso "Salmieri"
INSCRIPTIONS Titled in graphite on verso "NY Coney Island 1971"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Edward Klein
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 82.201.48_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Stephen Salmieri
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