South Street by Barbara Mensch

South Street

byBarbara Mensch

Kobo ebook | May 14, 2007

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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& mdash;reminiscent of Studs Terkel's riveting oral histories& mdash;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forces and the effects of this urban transformation on the entrenched community of fishmongers, creating an enduring historical document.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.
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 Pho...
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Title:South StreetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 14, 2007Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231511345

ISBN - 13:9780231511346

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Fulton Fish Market, by Phillip Lopate
A South Street Story
Glossary
References

Editorial Reviews

Stunning... Evocative... Thoughtful... A wonderful book for photography lovers and history aficionados alike.