[Man walking with an umbrella in the rain on East 166th Street towards Forest Avenue, The Bronx, 1937].
Collection consists of 25 gelatin silver photographic prints, 11 x 14 inches, by photographer Harold Roth and capturing New York street life between 1937 and 1950.Photographs in this collection show Roth's attention to light and composition, and range from a group of children playing in the spray of an open fire hydrant in the waning sunlight to a view of foot traffic in Madison Square Park against the hazy backdrop of the Flatiron Building. Other views include the interior of Grand Central Terminal, a hot dog vendor at work, the Parachute Jump at Coney Island, and an aerial view of a stickball game. The photographs in this collection were printed by Harold Roth from his vintage negatives between 1991 and 1995. Prints are numbered, captioned, and inmost cases signed on the verso by Roth.
Born in 1918, New York photographer Harold Roth received his first camera in 1930, as a gift from Kodak to half a million children who turned twelve in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of George Eastman's first patent. By the late 1930s, Roth had graduated to a Graflex camera and begun to extensively document the city around him. He is best known for his photographs of 1940s and 1950s New York City street life.
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