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In October of 2003, my husband and I moved to New York and found an apartment on 112th Street in East Harlem. That Halloween, I decided to take my camera out and capture the colorful stroll of kids taking part in the same holiday activity happening in every small town, suburb and city in America. In Harlem, children dress up as witches, fairies and their favorite comic book heroes, but they don't go door-to-door asking their neighbors for treats. Instead, they walk up and down Lexington and 2nd Ave collecting candy from the many liquor marts, dollar stores, beauty shops and bodegas. It is a ritual that is at once completely familiar and yet wholly unique to this culturally vital and rapidly gentrifying area of Manhattan. Halloween in Harlem is an ongoing project largely inspired by the work of Helen Levitt.
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Amy Stein (b. 1970) is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are featured in many private and public collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, SMoCA and the West Collection. In 2006, Amy was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her series Domesticated. In 2007, she was named one of the top 15 emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. Amy's first book, Domesticated, was released in fall 2008 and won the best book award at the New York Photo Festival that year. Amy was raised in Washington, D.C., and Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a BS in political science from James Madison University and an MS in political science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Amy is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, ClampArt in New York and Pool Gallery in Berlin.