Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 166 beautiful black and white photographs taken over 23 years, from 1990 to 2013. The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city's inhabitants, the vibrant and bustling vitality of the area, and the changing nature of the neighborhood. What may at first appear to be a casual encounter becomes a personal, intimate record, a meaningful collaboration between photographer and subject. With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America's most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture. Stein's photographs capture and celebrate the Harlem spirit.
Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, and author based in New York City. Currently he teaches at the International Center of Photography and has been a member of the faculty at the New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts, and the University of Bridgeport. Stein is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York's East Village and has curated over three dozen exhibits since 2007. A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, Stein's other photography books include Harlem Street Portraits (2013), Coney Island 40 Years (2011), Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life (2006), Coney Island (1998), Artists Observed (1986), and Parallels: A Look at Twins (1978). Stein's photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Forbes, Smithsonian, and all the major photography magazines. Stein's photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe79 one-person and more than 160 group shows to date. His photographs are in more than 55 permanent collections.