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Guide to the Vincent Cianni Photographs, 1983-2004

Abstract

Vincent Cianni is a documentary photographer based in Newburgh, New York. Arranged in the following series: the Berlin Series features photographs of East Berlin, the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and the reunification of Germany in 1990. The Poughkeepsie Mall Series and the Providence House Men's Shelter Series both document urban culture and decay in the 1980s. The Weddings Series includes Cianni's MFA project, Wedding Rituals, along with other photographs from weddings (including some transgender weddings) during the mid-1980s. Finally, the Brooklyn Series features images from Cianni's book, We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn's South Side, which depict Hispanic American youth and roller blade culture in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, during the mid-1990s. Collection also includes digital files and media related to Cianni's published works.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.10038
Title
Vincent Cianni photographs
Date
1983-2004
Creator
Cianni, Vincent
Extent
21 Linear Feet, 604 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Accession (2007-0072) houses a series of 224 black and white photographic prints depicting roller blade and street culture in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, taken by Cianni during the 1990s and into 2001. Fifteen of the prints appear in Cianni's book, We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn's South Side (2001); and 68 prints are unpublished. Photographs are captioned and signed on the back. Also included are photographs of urban life in the Bronx, NY; and from the baby shower (Queens, NY) and wedding (Fairborn, OH) of a young couple who appear in other images from this series. Finally, the series houses the maquette for Cianni's book (version 1, 2000), and the printer's dummy (versions 2-3, 2001-2004).

Accession (2007-0200) contains 65 black and white, gelatin silver prints and photographic collages of East Berlin, the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Berlin, 1990. Prints range from 8x10 to 16x24 and are captioned and signed on back by the photographer.

Accession (2008-0048) contains prints from the Poughkeepsie Mall Series (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1980s) and the Providence House Men's Shelter Series (Newburgh, NY, 1983). Forty-four black and white photographic prints: one 5 5/8 x 8 ½; one 5 7/8 x9; and forty-two 11x14 prints. Poughkeepsie Mall series: twenty-two 11x14 prints, 1980s. Images depict youth culture, African American culture, and urban decay.

Accession (2008-0300) contains 184 prints of weddings, including some transexual weddings, taken by Cianni during the 1980s. This series includes Cianni's MFA project, Wedding Rituals, a group of twenty-four 20x24 prints and one 16x20 print. Photographs in this series are in both color and black and white; many are captioned and signed on the back by the photographer.

Accession (2008-0303) contains an additional 23 8x10 duotone and gelatin silver prints from Cianni's book We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn's South Side. These prints include portraits and other images of Hispanic American youth roller blade culture in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York during the mid-1990s.

Accession (2009-0243) houses forty-two black and white photographs of Muay Thai style of kickboxing competition in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2004: thirty-six 8x10 prints and six 16x20 prints.

Finally, Accession (2010-0187) includes forty-seven 8x10 black and white gelatin silver prints from the We Skate Hardcore series. The prints are signed on verso and date 1995-2003, with bulk dates 1995-1997.

In addition, the collection contains digital video, stills, and image scans created by Vincent Cianni, all relating to his work We Skate Hardcore. Originals are closed to use. Most files have been mounted to the library server; for access to them, please contact the reference archivist.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Berlin, 1990

4 boxes

Accession (2007-0200) contains 65 gelatin silver prints and photographic collages of East Berlin, the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and the reunification of Berlin, 1990. Print range in size from 8x10 to 16x24 and are captioned and signed on back by photographer.

Berlin prints
Box 1-4

2. Poughkeepsie Mall, 1980s, and Providence House Men's Shelter, 1983

2 boxes

Accession (2008-0048) contains prints from the Poughkeepsie Mall series (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1980s) and the Providence House Men's Shelter (Newburgh, NY, 1983). There are 44 black and white photographic prints: one 5 5/8 x 8 ½; one 5 7/8 x 9; and forty-two 11x14 prints. The Poughkeepsie Mall series contains twenty-two 11x14 prints shot in the 1980s. Images depict American youth culture, African American culture, and urban decay.

Poughkeepsie Mall and Providence House prints
Box 5-6

3. Weddings, 1980s

5 boxes

Accession (2008-0300) contains 184 prints of weddings, including some transexual weddings, taken by Cianni during the 1980s. This series includes Cianni's MFA project, Wedding Rituals, a group of twenty-four 20x24 prints and one 16x20 print. Photographs in this series are in both color and black and white; many are captioned and signed on the back by the photographer.

Wedding Rituals MFA project:
(24 20x24 black and white photographs, 1 16x20 black and white photograph)
Box 7
Transexual weddings:
(16 (16x20) black and white photographs)
Box 8
Miscellaneous:
(11 (16x20) black and white photographs)
Box 8
Tom and Alison's wedding, Rockville Center, New York:
(18 (8x10) black and white photographs)
Box 9
Ring bearers at Pat Devaney's wedding, Cape May, New Jersey, 1983:
(3 (8x10) black and white photographs)
Box 9
Knowles/Mortimer wedding, Canadaigua, New York:
(22 (8x10) black and white photographs)
Box 9
Kaplan/Kreiger wedding, New York City, 1989:
(16 (8x10) black and white photographs)
Box 10
Kaplan/Kreiger wedding snapshots:
(12 (3x5) color photographs)
Box 10
Kershaw wedding, Clinton Corners, New York, 1987:
(5 (5x7) black and white photographs)
Box 10
Laura and Edmund's wedding, West Orange, New Jersey, 1991:
(7 (5x7) black and white photographs)
Box 10
Taylor/Kahene wedding, Cape May, New Jersey, 1986:
(5 (5x7) black and white photographs, 5 (3x5) color photographs)
Box 10
Weddings:
(38 (11x14) black and white photographs, 1 (6.75x14.5) black and white photograph)
Box 11

4. Brooklyn, 1990s-2004

7 boxes

Accession (2007-0072) houses a series of 224 black and white photographic prints depicting Hispanic American youth roller blade and street culture in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, shot by Cianni during the 1990s and into 2001. Many of the prints appear in Cianni's book, We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn's South Side (2001), and a number of prints are unpublished. Photographs are captioned and signed on the back. Also included are photographs of urban life in the Bronx, NY; and from the baby shower in Queens, NY, and the wedding in Fairborn, Ohio of a young couple who appear in other images from this series. Finally, the series houses the maquette for Cianni's book (version 1, 2000), and the printer's dummy (versions 2-3, 2001-2004).

Accession (2008-0303) contains twenty-three 8x10 duotone and gelatin silver prints from Cianni's book We Skate Hardcore, and includes portraits and other images of Hispanic American youth roller blade culture in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, during the mid-1990s.

Accession (2010-0187) includes forty-seven 8x10 black and white gelatin silver prints from the We Skate Hardcore series. The prints are signed on verso and date 1995-2003, with bulk dates 1995-1997.

Brooklyn:
(23 (8x10) black and white prints)
Box 12
Brooklyn:
(83 black and white (8x10) prints, published and unpublished)
Box 13
Brooklyn:
(37 black and white (11x14) published prints)
Box 14
Brooklyn:
(36 black and white (11x14) unpublished prints)
Box 15
Brooklyn:
(68 black and white (11x14) unpublished prints)
Box 16
Brooklyn: Maquette, version 1
Box 17
Brooklyn: Printer's dummy, version 2-3
Box 18
Brooklyn:
(47 black and white (8x10) prints, signed on verso)
Box 21

5. Cambodian Boxers Series, 2004

2 boxes

Accession (2009-0243) contains 42 gelatin silver prints depicting the Muay Thai style of kickboxing competition in Siem Reap, Cambodia 2004. The prints are arranged in three groupings by the photographer: a sequence of 21 8x10 prints; a sequence of 15 8x10 prints; and six 16x20 prints.

8x10 black and white prints
Box 19
Muay Thai, Siem Reap, part 1
(21 black and white prints)
Box 19
Muay Thai, Siem Reap, part 2
(15 black and white prints)
Box 19
16x20 prints, Muay Thai, Siem Reap
(6 black and white prints)
Box 20

6. Digital Material, 2001-2004 and undated

1 folder

CD-Rs, Mini-DV (digital video), and digital audio discs containing video stills, scans, interviews, and a video created by Vincent Cianni, all relating to the We Skate Hardcore project. Some paper prints of images are included with the CDs. Most files of scans have been mounted to the library server.

Conditions Governing Access note

[Original recordings are closed to use. For access to digital materials, please contact Research Services staff.]

Digital media (9 CD-Rs, 1 Mini-DV - video, 3 mini-discs - audio)
Box 18

Historical Note

Vincent Cianni is a documentary photographer based in Newburgh, New York.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Duke University also has a copy of Vincent Cianni's book, We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn's South Side. Please refer to the library catalog for more information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vincent Cianni Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Vincent Cianni Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon and Katy Terrell, January 2009

Encoded by Meghan Lyon and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, February 2009

Updated by Meghan Lyon, June 2011

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Accessions included in this collection: 2007-0072, 2007-0200, 2008-0048, 2008-0300, 2008-0303, 2009-0243, 2010-0187