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Based on a collection of 8" x 10" large format, black and white negatives made in the early 1980's in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, NY, the series documents a working class neighborhood where I grew up during my teen-age years in NYC. Inspired by the work of Emmet Gowen, Eugene Atget, Chauncey Hare, and Walker Evans among others, the photographs combine an observational approach to the urban landscape with intimate portraits of family, neighbors, and people encountered during my daily excursions along the Brighton Beach boardwalk and nearby shopping district along Brighton Beach Ave. Initially seen as a record of a neighborhood in transition whereby an influx of Russian, Jewish immigrants contributed to the cultural diversity of the environment, thirty years later, these photographs have also become a visual embrace of the landscape that shaped my youth.