Photo of the Week: Jacob Mann Photographs

Sunrise on Brighton Beach, 2009, 2010.008.2; Jacob Mann photographs, 2010.008; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Sunrise on Brighton Beach, 2009, 2010.008.2; Jacob Mann photographs, 2010.008; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Brooklyn Historical Society is fortunate to have several fine art photographers represented in the photography collections, including Jacob Mann, a fine art photographer and painter based in Brooklyn. The photo of the week depicts a sunrise on Brighton Beach taken by Mann in 2009.

About this photograph, Mann says, “In my playground pictures I see the playgrounds as places from fairy tales within a dark and preoccupied adult world, places full of beauty surrounded by urban grit. The Coney Island amusement park is still there but not for long. I wanted to save its feel of sheer Americana—sometimes funny but often touching—for our children.”

BHS acquired this photograph in 2009 for the exhibition series Brooklyn Utopias: Artists Considering Differing Visions of an Ideal Brooklyn featuring the work of over 35 artists addressing different aspects of Brooklyn’s history and development. Two photographs by Jacob Mann were included in this exhibition and can be viewed in this online gallery.

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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