Coney Island´s American dream of technologically engineered leisure and spectacle looks slightly forlorn through Peter Granser´s lens, which registers a mix of sweet smiles and emptiness, dry humor and melancholy that he refers to as its “wonderful morbid charm.” If you know anything about the history of Coney Island (and the history of the eternally optimistic American dream), these photographs quietly comment on social change and on the character of today, which yesterday inevitably turns into.
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