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South Street

South Street

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South Street is Barbara G. Mensch's evocative tribute to the lost world of Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market. For more than a century, a colorful, tightly knit community of fishmongers, many of them recent immigrants and children of immigrants, thrived under the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Resistant to government regulations and corporate encroachment,

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South Street is Barbara G. Mensch's evocative tribute to the lost world of Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market. For more than a century, a colorful, tightly knit community of fishmongers, many of them recent immigrants and children of immigrants, thrived under the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Resistant to government regulations and corporate encroachment, these men lived in a closed, internally policed world that was deeply hostile to outsiders.

As a young photographer in the early 1980s, Mensch bonded with this particular group of "authentic New Yorkers," becoming a confidante for their life stories, which were often filled with hardship, mystery, and misadventures. These striking photographs capture the unique personality and fierce secrecy of their vibrant working-class culture. Combined with lively commentary—reminiscent of Studs Terkel's riveting oral histories—the images offer a rare peek inside a society described by Philip Lopate as "a precious last vestige of historic Gotham."

Mensch's story ends with the closure of the docks and the opening of the Seaport mall, a symbolic victory of corporate interests over more than a century of mob rule. Her visual essay recounts the driving forces and the effects of this urban transformation on the entrenched community of fishmongers, creating an enduring historical document. Though the Fulton Fish Market no longer resides below the Brooklyn Bridge, the history and energy of this cherished New York City landmark are beautifully preserved in this book.

Columbia University Press

Editorial Reviews

Photographer's Forum - Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler
Stunning... Evocative... Thoughtful... A wonderful book for photography lovers and history aficionados alike.

Gothamist
The photographs are haunting and intricate.

The New York Observer
The photographs, gathered in South Street, are stunning—intimate, dramatic, poignant.

New York Times - Sam Roberts
Savoring the vivid faces in Ms. Mensch's photographs... and reading her picturesque profiles... you can almost still smell the fish.

The Midwest Book Review
A work of impressive scholarship combined with talented narration, South Street is enthusiastically recommended.

B & W (Black and White magazine)
Mensch has encapsulated a time and place so fully as to make us feel not as if we are looking at a photograph but rather happened on the scene as we turned a corner.

Choice
So compelling that one has a hard time putting it down... Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231511346
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/14/2007
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
53 MB
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Meet the Author

Barbara G. Mensch is a New York artist who has exhibited in the United States and Europe, at venues including The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art; The Municipal Art Society of New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Lowe Gallery; The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris; Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City; and Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Her work has been published in Natural History, Inc., Metropolis, and The New York Times, among many other periodicals, and she has contributed to a number of books, including Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images. Some collections including her work are The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Museum of the City of New York. She is represented by the Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Inc. New York.

Phillip Lopate currently holds the Adams Chair at Hofstra University, where he is professor of English, and teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College. He has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A writer of fiction, poetry, and film and architectural criticism, he is the author of numerous books, including Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan and Portrait of My Body, which was a finalist for PEN best essay book of the year.

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