Thursday, October 31, 2013

Amy Stein: Halloween in Harlem




Amy Stein, Untitled (Witches)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Spiderman), 2005


Amy Stein, Untitled (Dog)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Witch and Cowboy)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Mask)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Purple Skull)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Snow White and Sister), 2007


Amy Stein, Untitled (Angel)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Red Queen)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Skull and Crossbones)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Princess)


Amy Stein


Amy Stein, Untitled



Amy Stein, Untitled (Hulk), 2003


Amy Stein, Untitled (Flag Girl)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Ghoul)


Amy Stein, Untitled (Powerpuff Girls), 2005





From the artist, Amy Stein:


In October of 2003, my husband and I moved to New York and found an apartment on 112th Street in East Harlem. That Halloween, I decided to take my camera out and capture the colorful stroll of kids taking part in the same holiday activity happening in every small town, suburb and city in America.

In Harlem, children dress up as witches, fairies and their favorite comic book heroes, but they don’t go door-to-door asking their neighbors for treats. Instead, they walk up and down Lexington and 2nd Avenue collecting candy from the many liquor marts, dollar stores, beauty shops and bodegas. It is a ritual that is at once completely familiar and yet wholly unique to this culturally vital and rapidly gentrifying area of Manhattan.

Halloween in Harlem is an ongoing project largely inspired by the beauty of the neighborhood and the work of Helen Levitt.

5 comments:

girlunwinding said...

Ah, these are great!
~Dawn

Tiffany Kadani said...

Now THIS is what Halloween's about!

Lorena said...

I enjoyed seeing these... and learning that the kids of Harlem get their candy from licquoir stores! this is a first for me.

Trissta said...

Love. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Much Love,
Trissta

RAINETTE (l'énigmatique) said...

Beautiful ! Here in Quebec it's raining today :(