Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera
- Hannah Edwards
Orchard Beach, a beach built in the 1930’s, may not be the most scenic place in New York, but the closest and only place to go swimming and spend a day at the beach in the Bronx. Wayne Lawrence’s project ‘Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera’ consist of beautiful images of strong and proud men and women, families and couples.
When the New York based photographer first began taking pictures at Orchard Beach, after moving there from California, he had found a place where he could ‘grow as a photographer’ and didn’t mind spending a lot of time. ‘I was drawn to Orchard Beach in particular because it’s man-made and has a reputation for being one of the worst beaches in New York. But to most of the people who go there, it’s the best thing happening during the summer’.
His work will be be shown in an exhibit at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and will also be published in a book at Prestel.