Couple at Coney Island
Gelatin silver print, by Walker Evans, 1928
J.P. Getty Museum

Evans' iconic 'Couple at Coney Island' captures a young couple embracing amidst the bustling crowds, gazing towards the amusement park's central tower. This black and white snapshot, taken candidly without their knowledge, immortalises a moment of romance and escape during the carefree Roaring Twenties. The couple's attire hints at evolving social norms, while the Coney Island backdrop symbolises the era's yearning for leisure and freedom. Beyond its historical significance, the photograph's enduring appeal lies in its ability to evoke universal emotions of love, joy, and the fleeting nature of youth.


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