1980s Summer Days in Staten Island
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.
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.
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.