© Mel Rosenthal
Id no. 2006.P.161, Photograph
This photograph of two games of chess being played on the same bench on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn was taken by Mel Rosenthal in 1990. Brighton Beach is home to a large Russian population and the five men in the photograph are Russian immigrants.
Mel Rosenthal was born and raised in the South Bronx in the 1940s and 1950s. He graduated from City College and received a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. The subjects of his photography include the South Bronx, Nicaragua, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and refugees in New York City.