Island is an American icon celebrated worldwide, a fantasyland of the
past with an evolving present and an irrepressible optimism about its
future. It is a democratic entertainment where people of all walks of
life and places are brought together. There isn’t anywhere else like it, and that is much of its appeal. Here 174 evocative black-and-white images taken by eminent photographer Harvey Stein from 1970 through 2020 simultaneously look back in time while giving a current view to the people and activities of this “poor man’s Riviera.” The images capture the wonder and intimacy of Coney Island. There is no photo book that has been published that documents a 50-year time period of a famous location taken by one photographer. Being in Coney Island is like stepping into another society, rather than just experiencing a day’s entertainment.