LEICA Gallery and HARVEY STEIN’s CONEY ISLAND/HARLEM-JAN 10 – FEB 22, 2014

The Happy Mermaid, © Harvey Stein, 2011

The Happy Mermaid, © Harvey Stein, 2011

LEICA GALLERY PRESENTS HARVEY STEIN, CONEY ISLAND/HARLEM:

A PORTRAIT OF TWO COMMUNITIES

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014, 6 – 8PM

EXHIBITION ON VIEW JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 22, 2014

The Leica Gallery in New York is ringing in the New Year with an exhibition of the work of renowned New York Street photographer Harvey Stein which brings together his series of two famous New York communities: Coney Island and Harlem. The exhibition coincides with the recent publication of Stein’s acclaimed monograph Harlem Street Portraits (Schiffer, November 2013) with essays by African American activist, writer and teacher Herb Boyd and writer and third generation New Yorker, Miss Rosen. A book of Stein’s Coney Island photographs entitled Coney Island: 40 Years, 1970-2010 was published by Schiffer in 2011.

The Leica Gallery is located at 670 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY, 10012. The phone number is 212-777-3051. The gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and Saturday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact leicaphoto@aol.com.

About the Exhibition:

The first photographic encounter Harvey Stein had with Harlem was when he documented the annual African American parade on Malcolm X Boulevard in 1990. Swept away by the spirit and humanity of the legendary neighborhood and its inhabitants, Stein continued to photograph Harlem for 23 years from 1990 to 2012. The work reveals Stein’s reverence and love for the friendliness and warmth of Harlem’s everyday men and women, and the vibrant and bustling vitality of a historic place that has been the center of African American life and culture for over 100 years. Shooting with a wide-angle lens, Harvey’s close encounters with families, couples, friends, the elderly, and youth are honest, direct and involving. Each portrait is more than a depiction of a person; it is an intimate record that necessitates direct engagement between photographer and subject showing the mutuality between people.

The Leica Gallery has been run in partnership with Leica Camera since 1994 and is closely linked to the company. The gallery has become a leading location for both traditional and modern photojournalism in the New York gallery scene. The gallery is located in an historic building in Greenwich Village that is listed in the records of the American Institute of Architects. Since its foundation, the gallery has housed more than 130 exhibitions, including pictures by renowned photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ralph Gibson, Leonard Freed, Alex Webb, Erich Hartmann, and Karl Lagerfeld.