Beach Chairs in Coney Island, photograph, 6x9

Sabrett Street Culture, photograph, 6x9

Yes, We’re Open: Coney Island, photograph, 6x9

Scott Kanner

Artist Statement

I am excited to share a series of photographs that represent my experience of Brooklyn and New York. To me, what makes New York City so interesting is the dynamic relationship between public space and social interaction. It is my intention to highlight how these urban spaces-- streets, parks, boardwalks, mass transit-- shape social communication and act as major arenas in which diverse culture can intertwine and grow.

Beach Chairs in Coney Island demonstrates how public space can be manipulated and utilized to facilitate social interaction. It is interesting that although beach chairs may be seen as temporary objects, the space on the boardwalk that these men create feels static and timeless. Moreover, these men become part of this space, representing a nostalgic culture associated with Coney Island

Sabrett Street Culture captures the familiar scene of a hot dog vendor present on a busy city street. In our everyday commutes, we may neglect the significance of this public space as the street is commonly seen as a transition space to get from one place to another, rather than a distinct destination in itself. But I think that this photograph conveys how streets can create a unique urban culture, with these ubiquitous hot dog carts contributing to potential social encounters.

My last piece, Yes, We 're Open.' Coney Island, depicts the social atmosphere that is created by the attractions of Coney Island and shared among families, friends, and strangers. There is no sense of boundaries among those in this space, but a collective sense of excitement and wonder that these lights continue to bring to the summer nights on Surf Avenue.


Scott Kanner is a Brooklyn native and third year undergraduate student at Muhlenberg College, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Art Studio. His diverse interests in the biological sciences, sociology, and the visual arts have led him to develop a unique perspective in his photography.

Scott began to explore the medium of film photography at Stuyvesant High School and later received the Scholastic Gold Key Award for his portfolio in 2008. He continues to take photography courses at Muhlenberg College and has been the Editor of the Mosaics Crossroads section of Muhlenberg Advocate for two years, compiling student works in art and creative writing for the monthly online magazine.

Currently Scott is involved in an interdisciplinary course investigating the relationship between art and science in modern and traditional Chinese culture, which will culminate in a three-week trip to Beijing and Shanghai. Scott looks forward to exploring these cities as well as different aspects of modernity, which will allow him to return to New York with a different perspective-- making the normal seem strange and revealing cultural assumptions present in our society.

Scott Kanner