‘JoJo’ on the railing of our roof, 96 Elizabeth Street, 1963. Courtesy of Angel Marinaccio, Tar Beach.

Arthur DiBiasi and Baby Francesca inside their pigeon coop, 218 Grand Street, July 1977. Courtesy of Arthur Di Biasi, Tar Beach.

Frank’s brother Charlie Spero, Oak Street, c. 1944. Courtesy of Felicia Dell'Olio (née Carrano), Tar Beach.

Mildred Musillo, 197 Hester Street, Summer 1940. Courtesy of Felicia Dell'Olio (née Carrano), Tar Beach.

Susan Meiselas
MPF Photochat Live

Magnum Photos’ Susan Meiselas will discuss her latest photobook, created with Virginia Bynum & Angel Marinaccio – Tar Beach. Life on the Rooftops of Little Italy – in the next MPF Photochat Live event.

This publication brings together photographs and memories of life in and around the rooftops of Little Italy, New York. These pictures were made, kept and gathered by various families who handed them down from 1940 to the early 1970s. The introduction to ‘Tar Beach’ is written by renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese who grew up on the streets portrayed in this collection. He writes: “The roof was our escape hatch and it was our sanctuary. The endless crowds, the filth and the grime, the constant noise, the chaos, the claustrophobia, the non-stop motion of everything… you would walk up that flight of stairs, open the door, and you were above it all. You could breathe. You could dream. You could be.”

Following the talk Susan will be joined by Martin Parr for a conversation about this work. Questions will then be opened up to the audience.



Group student discount is available for schools, colleges and universities.

30 student tickets / £50
50 student tickets / £70

Please get in touch with nathan@martinparrfoundation.org for full details.

25.02.2021, 7pm GMT

This event will take place via video-conference using Zoom and last approx. 1hr

You will be sent a link to join the talk on the day of the event, by 5.15pm

You can access the talk using a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone

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If you have not received your link by 5.15pm on the day of the talk, please get in touch with info@martinparrfoundation.org

£3 / £5 / £10

please pay what you can afford

Bookings close 25 FEB, 5PM GMT