Photo of the Week: Anders Goldfarb Photographs of Coney Island

[Person reading on boardwalk], 1989, v1992.48.59; Anders Goldfarb photographs of Coney Island, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Person reading on boardwalk], 1989, v1992.48.59; Anders Goldfarb photographs of Coney Island, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Anders Goldfarb is a Brooklyn-born documentary photographer. After receiving his MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1986, he moved to Greenpoint and turned his lens on his neighborhood. His work includes many scenes from the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, but also scenes from other Brooklyn neighborhoods. Brooklyn Historical Society has a collection of 68 black-and-white photographs taken at Coney Island by Anders Goldfarb in the 1980s. The photographs document Coney Island’s beaches, boardwalk, and amusements (including the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone). It includes portraits of Coney Island residents and visitors.

The photo of the week depicts a person reading on the boardwalk in Coney Island in the 1980s. Without the crowds of people and umbrellas in the sand, it’s hard to believe this is Coney Island! To view more photographs of Coney Island from this collection, check out this gallery. To learn more about the Anders Goldfarb Photographs of Coney Island collection, check out the finding aid here.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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