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PETER GRANSER: CONEY ISLAND
Peter Granser

Hatje Cantz, 2006
Hardcover
100 pages
72 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9783775717762

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Besides certain phenomena associated with leisure-time activities, artist Peter Granser, who is from Austria but lives in Stuttgart, is interested in themes that are usually taboo in society, such as aging or illness. His project Coney Island is named after an American place that is a near legend in European eyes. Granser focuses his sober, trenchant gaze on everyday American culture. In a state of increasing desolation since the 1960s, the aging, crowded amusement park on the beach can be interpreted today as a metaphor for decline as well as survival. With his precise colour photographs, Granser

UPDATEs the Coney Island immortalized through the black-and-white photos by Diane Arbus, Weegee, and Bruce Gilden.

 

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