Orchard Beach, a Bronx Riviera




Photographer Wayne Lawrence (1974, USA) returned to the Bronx, a place he had visited 15 years earlier for summer break. Influenced by his memories of that time and by Bruce Davidson's East 100th Street he began the journey to Orchard Beach - a mile long slive of constructed shoreline situated in the north Bronx with a history complex as the borough itself. Built in the 1930's by famed architect Robert Moses, "The bronx Riviera" has served as an oasis for generations of working class families, living in an environment defined by struggle. Orchard Beach has remained a respite from the harsh realities of the concrete jungle. As evident in these portraits, the spirit of survival remains.