Girl Learning to Skate (Livonia Avenue, East New York)
N. Jay Jaffee
Growing up on the urban terrain of concrete sidewalks, Brooklyn children and teenagers have long embraced skating as a pastime. In 1950 N. Jay Jaffee photographed a young skater as she extended her arm out to gain balance independent of her father’s hold. Vincent Cianni’s 1995 image captures a graceful moment of a teenage boy midair.
The backgrounds of these images reveal changing textures of the neighborhood landscapes: felt hats with fur trim and arched glass storefront windows in the former, and baggy T-shirts and graffiti scrawled along a block in the latter. Although taken forty-five years apart, these photographs display skating as a communal and enjoyed act for Brooklyn youth.
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
1950; printed 1995
image: 6 x 5 in. (15.2 x 12.7 cm)
sheet: 9 15/16 x 7 15/16 in. (25.2 x 20.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed in ink on lower right of verso: "N. Jay Jaffee"
Inscribed in graphite on verso: [sequential numbering of portfolio]
Gift of Paula W. Hackeling
This item is not on view
N. Jay Jaffee (American, 1921-1999). Girl Learning to Skate (Livonia Avenue, East New York), 1950; printed 1995. Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, image: 6 x 5 in. (15.2 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paula W. Hackeling, 1997.164.20. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.164.20_bw.jpg)
overall, 1997.164.20_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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