Taken in the “forgotten borough” of Staten Island between 1983 and 1984, Christine Osinski’s photographs create a portrait of working class culture in an often-overlooked section of New York City. Captured on Osinski’s large format 4 x 5 camera as she wandered the island, her candid portraits of strangers, vernacular architecture, and quotidian scenes reveal an invisible landscape within reach of the thriving metropolis of Manhattan. The neighborhoods that Osinski captured are devoid of the skyscrapers, swarms of pedestrians, and choking masses of traffic that are a short ferry ride away. Instead, she photographed kids riding bikes on open, empty streets, suburban homes with neatly tended yards, and the small-town feel of New York’s least populous borough.
Christine Osinski received a BFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University. Osinski’s photographs can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Girl’s Club Foundation, Miami; Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library; The Smithsonian Institute and in numerous other museums and collections.
Summer Days Staten Island
June 24 – August 23, 2019