Jump, South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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.
Gelatin silver photograph
Sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Image: 9 x 11 in. (22.9 x 27.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed in graphite, lower center verso: "Vincent C."
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Gift of Mary Cianni
© Vincent Cianni
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Vincent Cianni (American, born 1952). Jump, South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1995. Gelatin silver photograph, Sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Cianni, 2003.18.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2003.18.2.jpg)
overall, 2003.18.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2003
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