Whether he trained his camera on exuberant summer scenes on the beaches of Coney Island or Mulberry Street during the San Gennaro festival, shown here, Grossman was one of the greatest chroniclers of working-class life in New York during the late 1930s and 1940s. The slapdash framing of this scene and the kaleidoscopic effect of the lights against the night sky make palpable the ebullient atmosphere on the street, engulfing the viewer in the experience.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso UL: "Mulberry St. // maj. neg 8.3a // B"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso LR: "PF 2870"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s: Selections from the Collection," December 18, 1990–March 17, 1991.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 39," December 23, 2004–April 17, 2005.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Night Vision: Photography After Dark," April 26, 2011–September 5, 2011.
Negative date: September 15-19, 1948, per Anne Tucker.