Personal statement of photographer Nina KORHONEN.
"Life and photography was pleasant, simple and unpretentious. The photo book 'Happy. Brooklyn 1988-1993' is a tribute to all the people I met and what was, what will never be again. Remembering. (...) One floor down in the basement, the sauna was heating up; a band from Puerto Rico was preparing for the upcoming Saturday party, and in the bar in between, the atmosphere was already loud, happy and expectant. the place was steamy and smoky, and languages and dialects mixed there as wildly as Eddie's great drinks. Everyone was there, Wednesday nights and all Wednesday nights in the late fall of 1988 at Imatra, the Finnish Community Center on 40th Street, just a stone's throw from Sunset Park in Brooklyn. " (© Nina KORHONEN)
Background information, content
"The images in this photo volume, 'Happy. Brooklyn 1988-1993', are from the first photography project by Nina KORHONEN. While a photography student in Stockholm, she traveled to Brooklyn to visit her grandmother Anna and tell the story of 'Finntown', a part of Brooklyn inhabited by Finnish immigrants at the time. On weekends, she visited 'Coney Island,' where she photographed people swimming, teenagers on the beach, and families having picnics." (free translation of publisher's text, © Tira, 2019)
- Book design
- Patric LEO
- Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 19 x 26 cm., 128 pp., duplex b/w ills., text language: English, Ltd. to 700 copies