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East Harlem by Leo Goldstein

East Harlem

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East Harlem by Leo Goldstein
Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781576879306
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    Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781576879306

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“Russian-Jewish immigrant Leo Goldstein (1901–1972) shared the progressive ethos of his ‘camera club,’ the New York Photo League, and, beginning in 1949, turned his empathetic heart and gifted eye toward the city’s latest ‘immigrants,’ Puerto Ricans—U.S. citizens segregated by language, custom, and race. Notably, the images comprise Goldstein’s own ‘edit,’ posthumously-rescued enlargements originally made for an unknown posterity. Today his photographs confront subsequent popular stereotypes, presenting afresh the newcomers’ enduring humanity.”

Julia Van Haaften, author of Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography

“[In the 1960s we] spawned our own group of activist photographers, people like Frank Espada, Hiram Maristany, and Mike Abramson, who chronicled in their work militant and bold new images of East Harlem and of Puerto Rican life in America. But. . . we now know that there was Leo Goldstein, a solitary photo artist of the 1950s who trained his lens on this heroic but little-known community of migrants. We who lived through those years in East Harlem can assure you, his lens was truer than any of the news articles, movies, or books of the era, and we are all enriched by the work he left behind.”

Juan González, from the Preface

“Even if that was only in the eye of the beholder, it gives Goldstein’s pictures a subtle warmth, a sense of camaraderie that’s all the more evident in the many pictures of people hanging out on stoops, as relaxed as if they were in their living rooms. They face the camera candidly, with little or no wariness or resentment, and Goldstein rewards them with portraits that are charming, compassionate, and among the period’s best (unintended, unself-conscious) fashion pictures.”

Vince Aletti, review in Photograph

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