Invented Landscapes of Coney Island and Carnival Attendants
Carlos Diaz’s early 1980s carnival images and his Invented Landscapes are brought together for the first time in a beautifully presented volume published in 2017 by Obscura Land.
Diaz’s Invented Landscapes work spans three decades, starting with images he captured in the early 1980s of Coney Island in New York City. Although in today’s world one might think these images were generated digitally, Diaz began creating the Invented Landscapes a decade before Adobe® Photoshop® software was on the scene. The original work combines silver halide prints with nineteenth-century industrial engravings that he painstakingly cut by hand from books and other printed materials. He then carefully integrated the drawings with the photos to create these fantastical images.