Raymond always said Coney Island was "made for photographers." As a seaside amusement capital and refuge from the summer heat, it was crowded, and it was the crowds that attracted Raymond. He spent Sunday afternoons snapping photographs of sunbathers and sandcastle builders on Coney's swarming beaches, or sailors trying their luck with the ladies at a carnival game on the boardwalk.
It was during such a visit that Raymond photographed two young women sitting in front of a metal railing. In 1955, the photograph was included in the Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and in the subsequent book. - Eleanor Jacobs