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Life On the Lower East Side: Photographs By Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950 Paperback – March 24, 2010
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Any art director from Hollywood could only pray for the detail and inspiration contained in Lepkoff's pictures. -- Washington Sunday Times, Dec. 31, 2006
She managed to cast a fresh eye on her familiar streets. Indeed, they became her muse. . . (Her) photography captured the ever-changing community in a way that paralleled the change in her life. -- The New York Times, October 22, 2006
The book is a virtual walking tour--a surprise waits as you round each corner . . . A student at the Photo League, Lepkoff's curious eye documented everything from dock workers at the South Street Seaport to endearing pictures of children playing. Lepkoff's New York moments are delightful revelations. -- B&W Magazine, October 2007
The book succeeds, in part, by telling a pictorial history of the Lower East Side and reminding viewers of the inevitable change that takes place in communities... Highly recommended. -- Choice, Feb. 2007
The living conditions were deplorable, but Lepkoff's subjects transmit a keen vitality as they go about their daily lives. -- Newsday, Dec. 10, 2006
if you look hard at Lepkoff's pictures... you can just about hear the snap of laundry on clotheslines, the laughter of girls skipping rope, and the shouts of fruit vendors rolling their pushcarts on the cobblestones. -- Columbia, Winter 2006-07
"photographer Rebeccca Lepkoff captured scenes from ... daily life in the 1930s and 1940s: butches and bakers at work; housewives hanging laundry; children playing in the streets." --Italian America, Summer, 2007
"These photos are a portrait of these immigrants strugggles." -- Tonia Steed --The Villager, November 1, 2006
"Pays homage to the multiethnic community on New Yorks Lower East Side." --Publishers Weekly, August 14, 2006
"The first monograph of photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, who cronicled life in this vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood before its buildings were razed in 1950 to make room for the Alfred E. Smith housing project." -- Catherine Pierre --John Hopkins Magazine, February, 2007
"Through their black-and-white photos, readers can visit an America that no longer exists, a Depression-era society of musical movies and Burma-Shave sign. Petrov and Ilf . . . captured scenes of everyday America and history in the making." --Library Journal, Oct. 2006 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Rebecca Lepkoff's work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions and is held in numerous museum collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
The map near the front of the book outlines the Lower East Side in 1939 and despite it not looking all that big an area the photos suggest plenty of commercial activity mingling with tenements. The photos capture life on the streets beautifully and give real sense of place. The book's photo section is based around streets and although individually most are not captioned several do have details about areas in the images.
The first forty-three pages have an essay by Peter Dans about living in the Lower East Side followed by Suzanne Wasserman's short biography of Ms Lepkoff. The book is nicely produced with the photos printed with a 200 screen on a reasonable matt art paper. I thought it slightly unfortunate that several photos are a bit too black and hide the some detail that is obviously there. Overall these content rich photos capture the people and seasons in one little corner of New York.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, pictures were terrific. Lots of memories. Recommend to anyone who once lived on the Lower Eastside.Published 10 months ago by betty
My Mom loved the book and the wonderful pictures. She grew up on the lower east side. She is enjoying the book.It's a great coffee table book.Published on March 5, 2011 by nytodallas84