A Man and His Dog on a Bench in Prospect Park, circa 1975, v2008.013.40; Lucille Fornasieri-Gold Photograph Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.
Lucille Fornasieri-Gold donated ninety-three color and black and white photographs to Brooklyn Historical Society in 2008, including this one of a man and his dog on a bench in Prospect Park. Lucille Fornasieri-Gold was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in the 1930s. Gold started photographing with a Leica camera in 1969, while her children were in school. She would develop and print in a kitchen darkroom in her Park Slope home. When she moved, she lost her darkroom, and as a result Gold had an abundance of processed negatives that remained unprinted for years. In the 1990s, Gold and her husband scanned the negatives and modified the images using Adobe Photoshop. In 2002, Gold retired and now works only on her photography, processing her negatives digitally. She says of her photography: “When I’m photographing I feel the weight of the antecedents, the spirals of time, the evolution of thought and science.”
The photographs in this document a variety of neighborhoods in Brooklyn as well as New York and New Jersey and subjects as diverse as street scenes, children, dogs, twins, and cityscapes, influenced by the photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gary Winogrand, and Lisette Modell.
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