- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (December 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568986068
- ISBN-13: 978-1568986067
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950 Hardcover – December, 2006
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...anyone, certainly anyone who has ever visited the constantly receding remnant of the old Lower East Side, will find this book affecting...a unique volume of art that breathes life from every page. -- Science & Society
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
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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.