1980s Summer Days in Staten Island

July 15, 2019


Taken in the “forgotten borough” of Staten Island between 1983 and 1984, Christine Osinski’s photographs create a portrait of working class culture in an often-overlooked section of New York City.

Captured on Osinski’s large format 4 x 5 camera as she wandered the island, her candid portraits of strangers, vernacular architecture, and quotidian scenes reveal an invisible landscape within reach of the thriving metropolis of Manhattan.

©CHRISTINE OSINSKI "Boy Pointing a Rifle at a Car", 1983-84

The neighborhoods that Osinski captured are devoid of the skyscrapers, swarms of pedestrians, and choking masses of traffic that are a short ferry ride away. Instead, she photographed kids riding bikes on open, empty streets, suburban homes with neatly tended yards, and the small-town feel of New York’s least populous borough.

©CHRISTINE OSINSKI "Three Women with a Bat", 1983-84

An exhibition at Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, entitled “Summer Days Staten Island”, presents a selection of these finely printed black and white photographs.

Christine Osinski Summer Days Staten Island

June 24 – August 23, 2019
Joseph Bellows Gallery
7661 Girard Avenue
La Jolla CA 92037


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