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Guide to the Lorraine Forte Photographs
1968-1992
 PR 397

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Forte, Lorraine, 1950-
Title: Lorraine Forte photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1968-1992
Abstract: Views of streetscapes, buildings, rooftops, billboards, amusements, and statuary in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Coney Island, taken by New York City-based photographer Lorraine Forte. Includes two images of protestors at the Tompkins Square Park riot of 1988. Some of the photographs appeared in Forte's book, Macchiato (2017).
Quantity: 42 Photographic Prints in 1 flat box.
Call Phrase: PR 397

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Biographical / Historical

New York City-based photographer Lorraine Forte was born in New Jersey in 1950. In addition to attending Parsons School of Design, she studied photography with Lisette Model, Larry Fink, and Inge Bondi of Magnum Consortium. Since her first solo exhibition at Princeton, New Jersey, in 1972, Forte's work has been seen at galleries in Washington, D.C., and throughout New York City and State. For more information visit the photographer's website: www.lorraineforte.com.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains 42 black-and-white, inkjet printed photographs (each measuring 11 x 17 inches) taken by Lorraine Forte of locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn between 1968 and 1992. See the container list for self-explanatory titles and the photographer's descriptions of each view. Included are two shots of the Tompkins Square Park riot of August 6–7, 1988, when protestors clashed with police over a recently instituted 1 a.m. curfew for the previously 24-hour park. Some of the present images appeared in Forte's book, Macchiato (2017).

Arrangement

The prints are sorted in the order in which they were received from the photographer. For ease of access, the archivist has numbered the images consecutively (in pencil, in the lower right back corner of each print), from 1 to 42, and divided them into folders with their corresponding catalog sheets:

Catalog sheet 1: prints 01-10
Catalog sheet 2: prints 11-20
Catalog sheet 3: prints 21-28
Catalog sheet 4: prints 29-34
Catalog sheet 5: prints 35-42

The photographer's descriptions are quoted as notes in the container list, below. Clarifications by the archivist are enclosed in [square brackets].

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Inkjet prints.
  • Photographs.

Subject Topics

  • Riots -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Street photography -- New York (State) -- New York.

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • Tompkins Square (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to reproduce any Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270. Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: "Lorraine Forte Photographs, PR-397, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society."

Credit line for exhibitions: "Photograph by Lorraine Forte, [title], location New York City, Digital Inkjet Print, 2018."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lorraine Forte, October 2018 (accession no. PPAC-2018-053).

Processing Information

Archivist Joseph Ditta arranged and described this collection in May 2019.

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Container List

[Catalog sheet 1 + prints]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 1 Item : 01 THE FAN

Scope and Contents

"View of a bodega on the corner of Avenue A and 12th Street through a window fan."

1987
Folder: 1 Item : 02 CARNIVAL

Scope and Contents

"An East Village Carnival."

1990
Folder: 1 Item : 03 MOVIE LIGHTING

Scope and Contents

"East village roof looking north. A movie was being filmed and the lighting was bleaching the view and casting stark shadows."

1989
Folder: 1 Item : 04 DAD

Scope and Contents

"East village roof looking east. My father had just died and I was thinking of him."

1987
Folder: 1 Item : 05 TINSEL TOWN

Scope and Contents

"The Grace building."

[The W. R. Grace Building is a 50-story skyscraper at 1114 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.]

1986
Folder: 1 Item : 06 SPLIT

Scope and Contents

"Looking North on 9th Avenue in the 40s."

1991
Folder: 1 Item : 07 SNOWFLAKE

Scope and Contents

"A familiar seasonal decoration at 5th and 57th."

[The UNICEF crystal snowflake lights the interesection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street each December.]

1987
Folder: 1 Item : 08 LINE-O-TRINE

Scope and Contents

"Tiffany's at the same location as above [i.e., Fifth Avenue and 57th Street]. A bus is going by."

1987
Folder: 1 Item : 09 INDUSTRIAL AGE

Scope and Contents

"Roof view from the 40s."

1991
Folder: 1 Item : 10 GASETERIA

Scope and Contents

"The gas station at Houston and Lafayette. The Puck Building is in the background."

[The Puck Building stands at 295-307 Lafayette Street, Manhattan.]

1992

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[Catalog sheet 2 + prints]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 2 Item : 11 EL TEDDY'S

Scope and Contents

"Teddy's history precedes and post dates itself."

[Tribeca mainstay restaurant El Teddy's was located at 219 West Broadway.]

1986
Folder: 2 Item : 12 BILLBOARD

Scope and Contents

"View from in back of a billboard looking south onto 9th Avenue."

1991
Folder: 2 Item : 13 LOISAIDA FIREWORKS

Scope and Contents

"View of fireworks in the East River looking north from rooftop."

1990
Folder: 2 Item : 14 SQUARE

Scope and Contents

"Washington Square Park in the spring."

1986
Folder: 2 Item : 15 HALLOWEEN

Scope and Contents

"The Hell's Angels had a ritual of stringing skeletons across 3rd Street for Halloween. The brushwork in the sky is made by the quickly moving clouds during a time exposure."

[The Hells Angels vacated their longtime headquarters at 77 East 3rd Street, Manhattan, in 2019.]

1988
Folder: 2 Item : 16 STOPLIGHT

Scope and Contents

"View overlooking Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn."

1986
Folder: 2 Item : 17 THEY'RE IN LOVE

Scope and Contents

"Statues near Grand Army Plaza."

[The Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.]

1985
Folder: 2 Item : 18 DISCO CARWASH

Scope and Contents

"Carwash on Flatbush Avenue, in Brooklyn."

1984
Folder: 2 Item : 19 MODERN AGE

Scope and Contents

"Waiting for a movie to start at the Elgin Theater."

[After renovations, the Elgin Theater, at 175 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, reopened as the Joyce Theater in 1982.]

1971
Folder: 2 Item : 20 PET SHOP

Scope and Contents

"This is a Yorkville pet shop window."

1971

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[Catalog sheet 3 + prints]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 3 Item : 21 STAIRWAY

Scope and Contents

"Looking up from a subway exit."

1985
Folder: 3 Item : 22 CHINA BOWL

Scope and Contents

"Looking through their blinds onto 44th Street. A period perfect Chinese restaurant that was used for movie shoots."

[The China Bowl was located at 152 West 44th Street in Times Square.]

1994
Folder: 3 Item : 23 EL DORADO

Scope and Contents

"Bumper cars in Coney Island."

[El Dorado Bumper Cars & Arcade is located at 1215 Bowery Street, Coney Island.]

1989
Folder: 3 Item : 24 NIGHT OF THE LIVING AIRPORT

Scope and Contents

"The crowd after a King Crimson concert on a Pier near the Intrepid."

1984
Folder: 3 Item : 25 101

Scope and Contents

"View looking down from the World Trade Center."

1982
Folder: 3 Item : 26 TWILIGHT ZONE

Scope and Contents

"The program that's on the TV."

1991
Folder: 3 Item : 27 APPAMATTOX [Appomattox]

Scope and Contents

"Fireworks view from Brooklyn rooftop."

1983
Folder: 3 Item : 28 UNDERWEAR WARS

Scope and Contents

"Billboards Times Square."

1982

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[Catalog sheet 4 + prints]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 4 Item : 29 220

Scope and Contents

"A West Village entrance."

1985
Folder: 4 Item : 30 UMBRELLA

Scope and Contents

"50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue."

1994
Folder: 4 Item : 31 30 ROCK

Scope and Contents

"Compilation of two images, 30 Rockefeller Center."

[Formerly known as the RCA Building (1933-1988), the GE Building (1988-2015), and now the Comcast Building (2015-present).]

1994
Folder: 4 Item : 32 THE MET

Scope and Contents

"The Metropolitan Museum of Art."

1972
Folder: 4 Item : 33 TOY CARS

Scope and Contents

"Traffic on Flatbush Avenue."

1984
Folder: 4 Item : 34 JOHNNY'S GOT A GARDEN

Scope and Contents

"12th Street Garden view."

1992

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[Catalog sheet 5 + prints]

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 5 Item : 35 TRANCE

Scope and Contents

"Ride operator, Coney Island."

1972
Folder: 5 Item : 36 SHOOTER

Scope and Contents

"Coney Island."

1988
Folder: 5 Item : 37 SHOE SHINE

Scope and Contents

"A sign by a guy that set up shop near the World Trade Center."

1980
Folder: 5 Item : 38 HATS AND COAT

Scope and Contents

"Window display from 1968."

1968
Folder: 5 Item : 39 SUBWAY

Scope and Contents

"The Graffiti era."

1981
Folder: 5 Item : 40 EAST END HOTEL

Scope and Contents

"A women's hotel on East River Drive and 79th Street."

1969
Folder: 5 Item : 41 TOMKINS SQUARE RIOT [Tompkins Square Park riot] (image 1 of 2)
1988
Folder: 5 Item : 42 TOMKINS SQUARE RIOT [Tompkins Square Park riot] (image 2 of 2)
1988

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