Sally Tosti’s photographs of The Feast of San Gennaro 2015 in New York City’s Little Italy focus on the street vendors who are essential to the annual San Gennaro experience. Many of the vendors are veterans manning food stands at the eleven-day festival year after year. It is long days of hard work over hot grills and fryers with weather conditions often alternating between sweltering September heat and pouring rain. The weekends in particular are jammed with impatient customers clamoring for sausages, cheese steaks, pizza, seafood, sweet treats, wine and cigars.
The Rust Belt cities along the southern edge of the Great Lakes are attempting to recover from the 1950’s population shift to the suburbs, and the economic woes of the American auto industry. Detroit’s downtown is experiencing a revival thanks to Quicken Loans, Detroit’s sports teams, and the rehabilitation of long empty stores. In other parts of the city, a few small businesses are the only commercial establishments left. Empty lots, and derelict houses abound.
Sally Tosti is a photographer and book artist. Her photograph, “Conversation”, from the Feast of San Gennaro series was included in the 2015 Baxter St./Camera Club of New York Annual Benefit. She exhibited photographs from her Rust Belt project in the 2014 Camera Club Exhibition and Auction at Affirmation Arts, NYC, and the F. Lammot Belin 50th Anniversary Exhibition at Skylake Gallery, Fleetville, PA. She exhibited photographic artist books at Codex V International Book Fair in Richmond, CA in 2015. Her artist books have been exhibited by the Center for Book Arts in the NY Art Book Fair in 2014 and 2015. Sally’s double-sided accordion book, New Orleans Revisited was included in The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits, Decatur Arts Alliance 2014. Sally has received an Artist Residency Grant from The Camera Club of New York, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, and the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship as well as numerous Faculty Development Grants from Keystone College. She is a member of The Camera Club of New York, and The Center for Book Arts. Sally is a Professor in the Fine Arts program at Keystone College, La Plume, PA. She divides her time between Waverly, PA, and Brooklyn, NY.