Coney Island, Depression Girl with Safety Pin
Sidney Kerner joined the Photo League, a cooperative of New York photographers committed to socially conscious images, in 1937, when he was just seventeen years old. The following year, he captured the harsh realities of life during the Great Depression in this image taken at Coney Island. The economic hardship reflected in the girl’s tattered and ill-fitting clothing is paralleled by the run-down nature of her surroundings.
Gelatin silver photograph
sheet/image: 8 x 6 1/4in. (20.3 x 15.9cm) (show scale)
Signed verso lower left in graphite: "Sidney Kerner"
Inscribed verso in graphite: "Coney Island 1938", "43"
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Edition: Vintage Print
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Sidney Kerner (American, 1920-2013). Coney Island, Depression Girl with Safety Pin, 1938. Gelatin silver photograph, sheet/image: 8 x 6 1/4in. (20.3 x 15.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 1995.128.6. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.128.6_PS9.jpg)
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