Saturday, December 19, 2009

Alice Austen Museum's Paul Moakley in the Times

If you've been down to the Alice Austen House Museum you've probably met Paul Moakley, the museum's curator and caretaker. He was profiled in the New York Times this week and, well, I think the piece speaks for itself. Well done Staten Island, be proud.

"TRUTH be told, life at the Alice Austen House in the Rosebank section of Staten Island was considerably livelier in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Austen, one of America’s earliest and most prolific photographers, ruled the roost.

It was from this Gothic-Revival-style house that she used to take off on her bicycle, laden with 50 pounds of equipment, to photograph fishmongers, bootblacks and other working people. It was on the front lawn that she used to dance wildly with her female friends. Even more scandalous, she took pictures of herself with a cigarette stuck in her mouth."

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