Chris DeMarco

Artist at Amtrak – Hudson Station

This series of prints by Chris DeMarco are made from found black and white glass negative taken during the 1911 Coney Island fire. The artist discovered the negatives at a moving sale and connected with the imagery as she spent a lot of time taking photographs around Coney Island and Brighten Beach while attending Pratt as a graduate student. She was struck by the contrast of the way people dressed against the backdrop of the beach after the devastating fire. The hand-colored elements by DeMarco illuminate details from the original negatives and imprints the imagery with a studied perspective of the scene from the artist’s point of view.

Prints on display are for sale. Email to inquire about smaller prints that are available upon request.

After the Fire 1
After the Fire 2
Coney Island Fire

Chris DeMarco is an Albany native who enjoys finding unusual places along the east coast to photograph. She documents the changes taking place in these locations as some buildings are overtaken by nature and others are restored.   

DeMarco first became interested in photography while studying for her BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned her MFA at Pratt Institute and has worked as an adjunct instructor in the art departments of Russell Sage College and The College of Saint Rose.  

Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows regionally and has received awards at the Photography Regional and The Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibitions. Her accolades include The Mohawk Hudson Regional two person exhibition at Albany Center Gallery; ”Remembrances”, a one person exhibit of DeMarco’s photographs at The Art Center of The Capital Region, was partly funded by an SOS grant from the NYS Endowment of the Arts.  Her series of Atlantic Beach images were selected for the third Juried Annuale at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC. 

She continues to photograph her favorite places, capturing the landscape and architecture of Asbury Park, Sandy Hook, and South Carolina. While always on the search for new sites of interest to explore, she aspires to develop her location studies into book projects.  


Sep 15 2023 - Nov 15 2023


8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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