Mission

Mission

Our mission is to share documentary photography, film, and new media with underserved Bronx communities and the cultural community at large.


What We Do


History


Community



Michael Kamber

Michael Kamber

Founder and Executive Director

Michael Kamber has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked for The New York Times, covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, and other countries. He was the first person in New York Times' history to routinely file photos, videos and written articles to the paper. His photographs have also been published in nearly every major news magazine in the United States and Europe, as well as in many newspapers. In 2011, Kamber founded the Bronx Documentary Center, an educational space dedicated to positive social change through photography and film. Kamber is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He is the winner of a World Press Photo award, the Mike Berger Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Award, American Photo Images of the Year, and is a member of The New York Times team that won a 2003 Overseas Press Club award. The New York Times twice nominated Kamber’s work for the Pulitzer Prize.

Kelli Scarr

Kelli Scarr

Director of Grants and Finance

Kelli Scarr joined the Bronx Documentary Center in 2013 as the Director of Grants and Foundation Relations. Scarr has a deep passion for social justice and the arts and has a proven track record of fundraising for organizations that promote those dynamics in underserved communities. She has ten years of experience fundraising for Bronx non-profits and completed the We Are the Bronx Fellowship program in 2014 and the Devos Institute for Arts Management program in 2016. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Scarr is also a professional composer, musician, and performer who has toured the world playing with musician Moby. In 2011, she was nominated for an Emmy for her film score for the documentary film "In a Dream."

Bianca Farrow

Bianca Farrow

Education Manager

Bianca Farrow has worked for the Bronx Documentary Center since 2013 and became the Education Manager in 2016. In 2013, Farrow helped organize what is now known as the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), an after-school program that empowers Bronx youth to express and develop ideas around social justice issues in their community through photography and writing. She traveled with three BJPL students to an international high school student photography festival in Higashikawa, Japan in the summer of 2016. While at the BDC, Farrow has produced numerous exhibitions, including Miradas: Contemporary Mexican Photographers, Via PanAm: The Pursuit of Happiness, and Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography, the latter of which was widely featured in national and international press. Farrow graduated from New York University with a BA in Documentary Photography and Sociology in 2013.

Cynthia Rivera

Cynthia Rivera

Exhibition Coordinator

Cynthia Rivera is an artist and photographer originally from Manhattan's Lower East Side. She currently lives in the South Bronx and has worked as the Exhibition Coordinator at the Bronx Documentary Center since 2014. Rivera graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History. She was part of the PIKADON project, an artist workshop based on raising peace awareness against nuclear war. Rivera also handmakes photo/art books and is in the process of starting a collaborative project to create children's books based around social justice and world issues.

Olivia Adechi

Olivia Adechi

Program Coordinator and Gallery Manager

Olivia Adechi is a West African artist and photographer who lives in the Bronx. She graduated from Princeton University where she studied contemporary Latin American photography and literature and minored in Visual Arts. Her research focused on the production, as well as the social and financial impact of visual media that features marginalized peoples. Adechi is interested in the use of visual media as a tool for navigating difficult social issues and uncovering new language for creating applicable solutions. She is currently working on launching a visual arts working group for early career artists of color living in New York City.

Rhynna M. Santos

Rhynna M. Santos

Bronx Photo League Coordinator and BJPL College Counselor

Rhynna M. Santos is a photographer born in Puerto Rico and currently residing in the Bronx. Santos’ work depicts the everyday life and perspective of people of color. Santos is the coordinator of the Bronx Photo League (BPL) at the BDC, Bronx Junior Photo League College Counselor, curator for the Instagram feed Everyday Bronx and founder of the Bronx Women’s Photo Collective. Beyond that, Santos serves as co-executive Chair of the Bronx Culture Collective. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA in 2007 and has lived and worked in Spain, where she entered and placed in her first photography competition, PhotoEspaña.

Giacomo Francia

Giacomo Francia

BDC Films Project Manager

Giacomo Francia is a Filmmaker and a Multimedia Editor. He graduated from the University of Rome with a degree in Film and Cinema Studies that sparked his interest in social issues. His work has been featured in The New York Times Op-Docs, which nominated him for a POY(Picture Of the Year) Award in 2016, The Guggenheim Museum, The Ground Truth Project (Global Post) and PBS-Thirteen. He is currently a freelance Filmmaker and the BDC Films Project Manager, a fellowship program designed to address the lack of support for traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers in the Bronx.

Jonathan Santiago

Jonathan Santiago

Program Assistant

Jonathan Santiago is a photographer and filmmaker born, raised, and currently based in New York. His work explores questions of identity and being, as well as confronting the realms of power and inequality. His images can be found in publications such as The New York Times and Time Magazine.

Jessica Kirkham

Jessica Kirkham

Program Assistant

Jess Kirkham is an artist working in both the documentary and fine art genres incorporating photography, video, and bookmaking, while exploring themes of healing and empowerment. Kirkham started a children's book project focused on social justice and world issues with fellow BDC staff member, Cynthia Rivera. In 2013, she interned at the BDC while she completed her BFA at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Kirkham is currently a Program Assistant at BDC and and helps facilitate the gallery exhibitions and also handles the processing and printing in the darkroom.

Ludi Nsimba

Ludi Nsimba

Development Associate

Ludi Nsimba’s family came from South-Central Africa to New York, where she was raised. From 2013-2015, she served in the U.S Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa as a health community educator, working to strengthen community support and access to health information. In 2016 she co-founded NT Agency, a PR and consulting firm working with brands, from fashion, film, and music, whose target audiences are African American and those living in the African diaspora. She is interested in expanding her studies and experience within the emerging field of media, communications and development, focusing on media and communication in low income countries, and their role in civil society, political institutions and economic development.

Terry Shtob

Terry Shtob

Development Consultant

Terry Shtob has worked as Development Consultant with the Bronx Documentary Center since 2016. She worked for many years directing programs for both arts-centered nonprofit organizations and for universities. She spent over ten years directing NYU’s Department of Visual Arts and Writing at the School of Professional Studies, and also served as Associate Dean of Continuing Studies at Stanford University. Her nonprofit work includes work as Deputy Director at The Mexican Museum in San Francisco, and as a development professional at the SF Museum of Modern Art. She has a PhD from the City University of NY, and conducted research with a Fulbright grant on the contemporary Italian feminist movement while finishing her degree.

Katie Khouri

Katie Khouri

Graphic Designer and Social Media Coordinator

Katie Khouri has worked with the BDC since 2012, creating promotional material for events and managing social media and online content. She is a freelance graphic designer with a background in photojournalism. She interned with Magnum Photos and photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson of VII Photo. Khouri is the co-founder of "5 Journal", a theme-based photo publication started with David "Dee" Delgado in 2017. She graduated in 2007 from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA in Journalism.


Board Members

Cecilia Bohan, President
Joe Conzo
Henry Chalfant
Subrata De
Ellen Foote
Brian Hartman
Nadia Hallgren
Sebastian Junger
Kristin Jamberdino
Michael Kamber
Nick Quested
Bedel Saget


Funders

The Bronx Documentary Center receives funding from individual donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs with support from Council members Rafael Salamanca and Andrew Cohen, and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Brooklyn Brewery | Citgo Foundation | Clif Bar Family Foundation | DeVos Institute for Arts Management | The Donnelley Foundation | Economic Hardship | Reporting Project | The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation | Ford Foundation | Fujifilm | Henry Nias Foundation | The Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund |  New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund | Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation | The Pinkerton Foundation | William T. Hillman Foundation | Van Agtmael Family Foundation | Chris Hondros Foundation