South Streetby Barbara Mensch, Phillip Lopate
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 serious, 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,/i>
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 serious, 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 environment 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 misadventure. 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-these images offer a rare peek inside a society Philip Lopate calls "a precious last vestige of historic Gotham."
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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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Wonderful and descriptive book of the old Fulton Fish Market. Amazing photographs...well written.