Coney Island
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walker Evans
American, New York City, about 1928 - 1929
Gelatin silver print
10 15/16 x 7 3/4 in.

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When Walker Evans photographed Coney Island during the height of its popularity at the end of the 1920s, it featured three amusement parks and numerous sideshow attractions, penny arcades, and game booths to entice and entertain visitors. Evans's choice of a close-up view of this growling winged monster at the park animates the creature, bringing its fabricated ferocity to life. The figure adorned the entrance to a thrill ride as a visual warning of the presumed terror within.