For some 70 years, Leo Goldstein's East Harlem body of work remained mostly untouched and unseen.The silver gelatin prints were catalogued in 2016, and a selection is gathered here for the first time.
The photographs were taken over a number of years, beginning in 1949 when Goldstein was a memberof the Photo League. The East Harlem corpus, edited by Regina Monfort,represents an important and unique addition to thephotographic history of New York City. Because thereare no negatives in existence, it was of particularimportance to preserve the images in book form andmake them available to the public.
The selected images reflect the postwar years in the East Harlem community, which would grow intoa center of Puerto Rican culture and life in the U.S. From the families portrayed gathering on stoops, tot he kids at their shoeshine stations, to youths playing ball in the streets, to posters on neighbourhood walls,Goldstein's images of East Harlem provide a window into the socio-economic, cultural, and political landscape of the time.