Kenneth Nelson

Photographer
    
PS 26, Governors Island
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: American
Biography: Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, I've been a student of photography since my early teens. I continue the practice of film photography using traditional wet darkroom processes to this day. Like many photographers, the joy of watching a print... MORE
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PS 26, Governors Island
Copyright Kenneth Nelson 2022
Updated Feb 2021
Topics Black and White, Cafeteria, Children, Documentary, Education, Governors Island, Happiness, Lunch Time, New York City, Photojournalism, Public School, U.S. Coast Guard, Video

This project came about as a result of selecting Governors Island as the place I would do my semester of intership.  For the most part, I was given open access to the island in order to record it as an artist in residence (ala carte).

At the time, I truly didn't comprehend the honor bestowed upon me.  The chief warrant officer who supervised my visits placed no restrictions on my movements from what I can recall.  The people on the island, who were active duty Coast Guard, their spouses and children gave of themselves openly and endearingly.

More than 28 years later, I look at these images and see what I couldn't see then...  Recording a piece of valuable history to remind others at a later date.

October 1987, Lunch Time, Cafeteria at PS 26, Governors Island

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