The Life and Times of Staten Islander Alice Austen

...  home lesss than a mile from Woodbine Cottage. Elizabeh Alice never used her birth name (Munn) instead using her grandfather’s last name Austen. In 1876 her uncle brought a camera back home from his travels and Alice had found a new love, it was Photography her uncle taught her how to use the camera and how to mix chemicals to develop the pictures. Alice would take her bike to the ferry and ride into Manhattan to take pictures of real people in real life situations. She would carry upto fifty pounds of equipment at a time in a steamer trunk in [...]