Spooky Backyard Scene on East Fifth Street
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Photo: Susan Fensten
This week, native New Yorker Susan Fensten plucks another gem from her father’s outstanding collection of previously-unseen images. The shot in question is a spooky backyard scene captured at Mr. Fensten’s East Fifth Street residence (between First and Second Avenues) in 1984. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio at this address, which he turned into a dark room.
Over many decades my father, John Fensten took photos of New York City street scenes. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio on East 5th Street which he basically turned into a dark room. In the early 90s he told me that threw away all of his negatives and prints. When he died in 2001, I gathered up what little he left in his apartment, which included a number of surviving black and white negatives which I am seeing for the first time.