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Coney Island, Depression Girl with Safety Pin

Sidney Kerner

Photography

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.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES 1938
DIMENSIONS sheet/image: 8 x 6 1/4in. (20.3 x 15.9cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed verso lower left in graphite: "Sidney Kerner"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed verso in graphite: "Coney Island 1938", "43"
COLLECTIONS Photography
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1995.128.6
EDITION Edition: Vintage Print
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 1995.128.6_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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