Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Good Hair

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Bronx-based author and community leader Sulma Arzu-Brown and NYU professor Dr. Shatima Jones will take part in a panel discussion following the film.

In this documentary Chris Rock visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community.

Prompted by Rock's daughter approaching him and asking, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?", Good Hair shows Rock engaging in frank, funny conversations with hair-care professionals, beauty shop, and barbershop patrons, and celebrities including Dr. Maya Angelou and others - all while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question.



SULMA ARZU-BROWN is community leader with an extensive resume, Sulma Arzu-Brown has authored a children’s book that centers on positive awareness for young readers."Bad Hair Does Not Exist!" a bilingual book that encourages young Black, Afro-Latino, and multi-racial girls to see themselves, and their hair, as beautiful. Sulma Arzu-Brown, is a Garifuna woman and Afro-Latino from Honduras, was inspired to write the book after her three-year-old daughter's babysitter used the colloquial term "pelo malo," which is a Spanish term for "bad hair" to describe little Bella's curly textured hair.

Arzu-Brown has worked as a job developer for BronxWorks helping formerly incarcerated fathers find employment opportunities. Arzu-Brown now serves as the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s director of operations and is tasked with providing quality networking events, seminars, and fundraisers which seek to establish long lasting partnerships with members in support of Hispanic businesses and the community NYCHCC serves. In addition to her work with NYCHCC, Arzu-Brown is a Hunts Point Community Advisory Board member and co-owner of the Boogie Down Grind Cafe.

Arzu-Brown has received the Entre Nosotros Award from former Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo and Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo in recognition of her book and was honored by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for her work with NYCHCC. Arzu-Brown’s second book, ‘My Best Friend Likes Boy More Than Me’ was published in 2016. For more information about Arzu-Brown and her work, visitwww.nopelomalo.com

SHATIMA J. JONES is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of Sociology. She earned her doctorate in sociology at Rutgers University, where she also received her master’s degree; and she holds a BA in sociology from Hunter College. Shatima is interested in the intersection of race, space, gender, and culture. Her dissertation, “Performing Race and Shaping Community in the Black Barbershop” focuses on how black people interpret and perform their racial identity, the processes by which they create community based on these understandings, and the significance of place and space in shaping these sentiments. The bulk of Shatima’s research employs ethnographic methods to uncover what black people think constitutes an “authentic” racial identity, how they signal this to others in everyday interaction, and how racially exclusive places shape understandings and performances of race.

At NYU, Shatima is writing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research. She is also embarking on a new ethnographic project focusing on women’s hair salons in order to explore gender differences in racial performance.


This screening is held in conjunction with the BDC's current exhibition "From Mobutu to Beyonce" by Émilie Régnier, which explores the ongoing cultural conversation between Africa and the West. On view until June 4, 2017.

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The Bronx Documentary Center will hold a panel discussion on poverty presented in conjunction with the exhibition Below the Line: Living Poor in America by award-winning documentary photographer Eugene Richards.

Mr. Richards will be on the panel with a number of residents of the BDC's South Bronx neighborhood, all of whom live at or below the poverty line.

This panel will be a opportunity to hear from today's working poor as they struggle to navigate challenges associated with poverty in New York City in 2016: raising children, finding educational opportunities, navigating healthcare and much more.

Free and open to the public.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

From Mobutu to Beyoncé

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The Bronx Documentary Center’s next exhibition, by the Haitian-Canadian photographer Émilie Régnier, explores the ongoing cultural conversation between Africa and the West. 

Émilie, who grew up in Central Africa, has created a series of portraits exploring the symbolic power of leopard patterns and prints in Dakar, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Paris and even a small town in Texas. 

Émilie also documents hairstyles as a means of expression in Côte d'Ivoire, the fashion capital of West Africa, where women credit American pop stars such as Beyoncé and Rihanna with influencing their style and fashion. 

The completed cultural feedback loop, as Émilie’s photos demonstrate, is one in which many American designers and artists have traditionally taken their cues from African design and style.

Free and open to the public.

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This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Nowhere People is a 10-year exploration by Greg Constantine of individuals and communities around the world who have been denied or stripped of their citizenship. 

The book exposes the tragic impact statelessness has on communities in twelve countries around the including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Myanmar, Kuwait, Iraq, Serbia, Italy, Ukraine, Kenya, Ivory Coast and the Dominican Republic. 

Copies of Nowhere People will be available for purchase.

Free and open to the public.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Nina Robinson

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Nina Robinson will speak about her two-year project Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album. The work is a unique and intimate exploration of loss, love and tradition in a rural Black community.

NINA ROBINSON is a documentary and portrait photographer based in the South Bronx and Arkansas. In her work, Robinson examines issues in underrepresented communities, aiming to break the visual prejudices of race, class and age. She has been published in The New York Times, was named one of Time Magazine’s “Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States” and has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Robinson teaches a phototherapy program at the William Hodson Senior Center, where, through the use of photography, older residents are able to openly explore personal and social issues. She is a member of the Bronx Photo League, a collective of documentary photographers in the South Bronx.


Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album is sponsored by Fujifilm Cameras, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Art Works and National Endowment for the Arts.

Suggested Donation: Bronx residents $5, general $10, 18-and-under free. 

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BDC Sports Film Series

Q+A with director Jerome Thelia to follow to the film.

Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play is a documentary that takes us to the far reaches of the globe and the deep recesses of our ancient past to answer the question: Why do we play ball?

This screening is part of the BDC's first annual Sports Film Series running from June 4-18th.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx residents, $10 General, 18-and-under free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

New Documents

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Following a month of terrible violence in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, the Bronx Documentary Center will open New Documents, an exhibition which examines the history of ordinary citizens photographing and recording extraordinary events.

From the early 1900s to the advent of Facebook Live, New Documents highlights the ways in which eyewitnesses have created and shared evidence to expose injustice and abuses of power, setting the agenda for social discourse.

Free and open to the public.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) will be hosting a FREE "Know Your Rights" training for immigrant New Yorkers.

The training will inform immigrant New Yorkers, both documented and undocumented, of their rights when interacting with both immigration officers and police. 

The training covers the right to remain silent, the right to speak to an attorney, the right for proof of a warrant before a home raid, and the right for undocumented individuals not to hand over documents that prove their status. It also suggests best practices by immigrant individuals when they are stopped by police, state troopers, Customs and Border Patrol agents, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Free and open to all.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Unbelonging

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The photos of Nigerian-born photographer Osaretin Ugiagbe document the beauty and sorrows witnessed during a life split between the surging Bronx streets and the half-built flyovers of Lagos, Nigeria (population 20 million strong and growing). In 2002, the then 16-year-old Ugiagbe left Nigeria for the Bronx, joining his father who had already emigrated to the US. Fifteen years later, he maintains an identity firmly planted in both worlds.

Learn more about the exhibition.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

9 Months in the Bronx

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Documentary screening and Q&A with BBC filmmaker Anna Bressanin and film subject Felicia.

Felicia is 22, she's from the Bronx and she's pregnant. She knows that as soon as she gives birth, Children Services may come to the hospital and take her baby away. And she’s determined to stop that happening.

This documentary follows the very personal journey of Felicia, filmed over the course of 9 months in the Bronx, by the BBC’s Anna Bressanin, a New York based video journalist.

Watch this documentary as it premieres at the Bronx Documentary Center, ahead of its global broadcast on bbc.com and on TV via the BBC’s international news channel BBC World News.

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The final screening of our 2nd Annual Women’s Film Series. The film series showcases movies made by women filmmakers.

Q&A with director Geeta Gandbhir will follow the film.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers follows a unit of all female Muslim police officers are sent to Haiti as peacekeepers for a year.

GEETA GANDBHIR is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She co-directed and edited Remembering the Artist Robert DeNiro Sr. for HBO, produced and edited Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley for HBO, and edited Which Way is the Frontline From Here?” The latter two films were nominated for Emmy Awards. Additional notable works include When the Levees Broke, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, Music By Prudence, Budrus, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and God is the Bigger Elvis, which was nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards. Gandbhir’s films have won two Emmy Awards, one Academy Award, and three Peabody Awards.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General, Free for 18 and Under

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Endurance | Omar Havana

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Régina Monfort, photo editor of the book, will join Omar Havana for the Q&A part of the presentation. 

Photojournalist Omar Havana was living in Kathmandu when the 2015 earthquakes struck. In the wake of the disaster, Mr. Havana started to document Nepali life. Gradually, global media’s attention on the issue waned, but the photographer didn’t stop working—he traveled around Nepal documenting both the destruction and the recovery as a testimony to the resilience of the Nepali people. His book, Endurance is the outcome of his efforts.

Copies of Endurance will be available for purchase.
The event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with FotoEvidence Press.

OMAR HAVANA was born in Spain in 1975. He is an award-winning photojournalist living in Asia since 2008. He moved to Nepal in October 2014 where he had been covering a wide spectrum of stories, mostly focused on the human dramas, achievements, and fights to improve the situation of the country. His photos during the earthquake were published by dozens of the most important publications around the world, including front pages in The New York Times. Some of his photos during the earthquake have been chosen among the best of the year by international media such as The Atlantic and Getty Images, receiving several international awards for his work in Nepal. For more information visit Omar's website: www.omarhavana.com/endurance

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A discussion with the journalists who as part of a The New York Times series have been exploring every murder last year in the Bronx’s 40th Precinct, home to the Bronx Documentary Center. 

This will be a chance for the reporters to talk about their work and more importantly for people in the 4-0 to talk about how their community continues to be affected by the persistence of violent crime and how coverage of the violence impacts the community.

Panelists: Al Baker, James C. McKinley Jr., Ben Mueller, Ashley Southall and Edwin TorresDavid Gonzalez will moderate the discussion.

Learn more about the series in this Times Insider piece and an article about the series on Neiman Storyboard.
Times Insider piece: 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Halloween

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Halloween Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Open Show NYC #21

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Open Show New York City returns to the BDC for their final screening of 2016.

Presenters:
Griselda San Martin | "The Other Side"
Kendra Rennick | "The Vietnam Slide Project"
Tomas Mantilla | "Rikers Island: Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
Sarah Blesener | "Toy Soldiers"
Mengwen Cao | "Here We Are"

Open Show events feature five curated presenters, from professionals to students, presenting 10 minutes each to show either a 20 image story or a 4-7 minute multimedia/film project.



Suggested Donation: Bronx Residents $5, General $10, Free for 18-and-under

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

The Dream | Fabio Bucciarelli

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In The Dream, Fabio Bucciarelli tells the stories of those who have fled the wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and beyond. His photographs reveal the refugees’ humanity and shows the strength of people who are sustained by a dream to be free of war, to find safety, to recover their dignity and to once again build meaningful lives. 

Free and open to all.

FABIO BUCCIARELLI is an award-winning photographer who focuses his attention on conflicts and humanitarian consequences of war. Fabio spent the last five years covering the major world changing events in Africa and Middle East.

This exhibition was produced in collaboration with Fotoevidence.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Some Girls

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The People's Screening of Some Girls, a documentary by Raquel Cepedaand Henry Chalfant.

Some Girls is a feature documentary following a group of troubled Latina teens from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who are transformed by an exploration of their roots via the use of ancestral DNA testing, followed by a trip to the seat of the Americas. 

On that journey to the modern-day Dominican Republic, the white supremacist narratives about American history they've been taught are challenged, leaving them free to reconstruct their own respective identities. 

What does it really mean to be American? And, more importantly, what does that look like?

Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Raquel Cepeda and Henry Chalfant.

Free and open to the public.

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Joel Simon, Executive Director of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), will discuss the organization’s global advocacy work and the United States changing press freedom environment.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes #PressFreedom worldwide. 

JOEL SIMON is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has written widely on media issues, contributing to Slate,Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Review of Books, World Policy Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. He has led numerous international missions to advance press freedom. His book, The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom, was published in November 2014.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Valentine's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Valentine's Day Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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This exhibition and holiday print sale will feature 40 memorable photographs--landscapes, portraits and street photography--of the Bronx and beyond by photographers from the BDC's Bronx Photo League and after-school photography program. 

On View:
December 10-11, 1-5PM
December 14-16, 3-7PM
December 17-18, 1-5PM

Closing Party: Saturday, December 17th, 5-8PM
Enjoy refreshments and holiday snacks while you shop for a good cause!

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Los Sures

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The Bronx Documentary Center is proud to host a series of screenings of Los Sures:

Thursday, February 16th, 7-9PM
Saturday, February 18th, 7-9PM, Followed by Q&A with director Diego Echeverria
Sunday, February 19th, 7-9PM

Thirty years ago, South Williamsburg was known as “Los Sures,” a place imbued with vibrant life, a community of close-knit Puerto Rican and Dominican families living amidst everyday economic struggle. Today, with the neighborhood fully gentrified, it feels vital to remember this lost world, and Diego Echeverria’s essential documentary, shot in the early eighties on 16mm, brings it all back to life, through the eyes of five different residents.

Rediscovered in 2007, the film has become a cornerstone program of the Williamsburg arts nonprofit UnionDocs, which not only restored the film but in 2010 began the “Living Los Sures” historical memory project, an expansive documentary project about the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A UnionDocs release.

There is a suggested donation of $10 or $7 for Bronx residents. Free for 18 and younger.

Tickets available at the door or in advance: bronxdocumentarycenter.ticketleap.com/los-sures/

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Osaretin Ugiagbe

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Osaretin Ugiagbe will discuss the work on view in his exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center, Unbelonging.

In Unbelonging, the photos of Nigerian-born photographer Osaretin Ugiagbe document the beauty and sorrows witnessed during a life split between the surging Bronx streets and the half-built flyovers of Lagos, Nigeria.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Journeys: Immigration Stories

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FEATURING

Justin Arroyo | Jada Arroyo | Tony Baizan | Kayla Beltran | Bianca Colón | Mitchell Dennis | Fanta Diop | Nailea Dominguez | Fritzi Garcia | Alberto Garcia | Julie Lozano | Saliyah Muhammed | Nicholas Noriega | Leonely Pacheco | Chloe Rodriguez | Ruby Simon

 

The Bronx Junior Photo League, the BDC's after-school documentary photography program, spent the first months of 2017 interviewing and photographing immigrants in our community. These 12 to 18-year-old Bronx students have created windows into the lives of a Vietnamese nun, a Dominican artist and an exiled Russian journalist among others. This work reveals the challenges and triumphs of life in today's New York City immigrant community. The exhibition will also feature work the students created throughout this year-long program.

The students will present their multimedia pieces at 5PM during the opening reception on Thursday, June 15th.


Learn more about the exhibition.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Jerome Ave

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Join us as we launch the Bronx Photo League's newly published photo book Jerome Ave.

Jerome Ave features work by the 18 photographers of the Bronx Photo League. This book documents and celebrates the workers and tradespeople of Jerome Avenue, an area currently dominated by community-owned businesses.

The city is considering a plan to rezone a 73-block stretch along Jerome Ave. If passed, the rezoning will lead to construction of housing units, but also, many believe, to the end of a proud culture of industry. Learn more at jeromeaveworkers.com.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Many of the Bronx Photo League members will be in attendance to sign books.

Free and open to the public.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

The Wolfpack

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The second screening of our 2nd Annual Women’s Film Series. The film series will showcase movies made by women filmmakers.

Q&A with director Crystal Moselle will follow the film.

The Wolfpack is the true story of six brothers locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project who found a window to the outside through film.


CRYSTAL MOSELLE is a New York based director best known for her Sundance, Grand Jury Prize award winning documentary, The Wolfpack. In the past she was a producer on the critically acclaimed documentary film, Excavating Taylor Mead. In the last decade she has been working with short-form storytelling for publications such as Vice and The New York Times, where she created a series called "Something Big, Something Small," featuring talent such as Pharrell Williams and Shepard Fairey. Later collaborations with Pharrell included, “Meet the Bae’s,” a series profiling the artists back up dancers. Moselle is also a regular contributor for “Nowness” creating original work including viral sensation, "Shapeshifting," on a pack of 14-year-old Ballerinas. 

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General, Free for 18 and Under

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Holiday Portraits

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

What Works

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Magnum FoundationFUJIFILM X Series US and The Bronx Documentary Center are proud to present a group exhibition by nine Magnum Foundation Fellows:

Santiago Arcos
Poulomi Basu
Xyza Cruz Bacani
Abbas Hajimohammadi
Eman Helal
Yuyang Liu
Manca Juvan
Anastasia Vlasova 
Muyi Xiao

Since 2010, Magnum Foundation has provided scholarships and intensive training each year to regional photojournalists and activists to tell stories within their home communities. In an effort strengthen this growing network, Magnum Foundation brought together nine former fellows from Iran, Ukraine, Slovenia, Syria, India, Ecuador, China, and the Philippines to produce a collective project. What Works explores the global issue of intolerance through local examples of bridge-building amongst groups that might otherwise be in conflict. 

The Magnum Foundation fosters creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant-making, mentoring, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged image-makers experimenting with new models for storytelling. Learn more:magnumfoundation.org

Partner and Sponsor: FUJIFILM X Series US
The images will be printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Luster.

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Mario Cruz is releasing his new book Talibes: Modern Day Slaves, published by FotoEvidence, at the Bronx Documentary Center. Cruz will present his work and be available to sign books.

Cruz gained rare access to the dark side of many darras (Koranic schools) in Senegal and captured disturbing but stunning photographs of the lives of young boys subjected to slave-like conditions. The book Talibes: Modern Day Slaves documents an alarming development among the darras that impacts at least 50,000 young boys in Senegal, aged between five and 15.

Talibes: Modern Day Slaves contains 70 black and white photographs, an introduction from Lauren Siebert from Human Rights Watch and an essay by Fatou Diouf of We Are One Sn. The texts are in English, Arabic, Portuguese and French. It will provide local and international NGOs working on the issue enduring testimony and concrete evidence about the systematic exploitation of children in some daaras in Senegal. Mario Cruz is working in collaboration with organizations in Senegal and neighboring Guinea-Bissau who are using his images in public education campaigns to spur social change.

The work received the 2016 World Press Photo Award for Contemporary Issues and was a finalist for the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award.

Talibes: Modern Day Slaves is available to purchase online at the FotoEvidence bookstore.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Easter

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Easter Portraits. Each Bronx resident received a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Everyday Africa

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Join us on Thursday, July 13, for a conversation about Everyday Africa, the stereotype-busting photography project that spawned similar Everyday feeds on Instagram all over the world. Cofounder Austin Merrill will give a presentation about the project and will have copies of the new Everyday Africa book for sale. He'll be joined by Rhynna Santos, who will talk about the evolution of Everyday Bronx.

 

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Please note this is NOT at the BDC.

LOCATION: New Settlement Community Center
1501 Jerome Avenue (at 172nd Street), Bronx, NY 10452 

GALLERY HOURS:
Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM
Please note viewers will need to sign in and bring a photo ID for admittance to the exhibition.

This exhibition documents and celebrates the workers and trades people of Jerome Avenue, one of New York City’s few remaining working class neighborhoods where many still make a living in small shops and factories, or repairing auto-mobiles. The city is considering a plan to rezone two miles along Jerome Ave: speculation and rising rents are already evident. If passed, the rezoning will lead to construction of housing units, but also, many believe, to the end of a proud culture of industry and work in this last bastion of New York City’s working class.

The Bronx Photo League (BPL), a project of the Bronx Documentary Center, is made up of 16 Bronx photographers committed to documenting social issues and change in our borough. 

The portraits in this show were shot on Kodak Tri-X negative film with Hasselblad cameras and lenses. Authentic silver gelatin darkroom prints will be on display.

Learn more about the project and the BPL at www.jeromeaveworkers.com

Members of the Bronx Photo League will be in attendance as well as the portrait subjects and their families.

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FEATURING
Rozlin Ahmed
Tajonnie Amoah
Amber Castillo
David Delgado
Fanta Diop
Nailea Dominquez
Keven Estrella
Samantha Fajardo
Alejandro Flores
Fritzi Garcia
Melanie Genao
Brenda Hernandez
Janet Hernandez
Janet Lozano
Tianna Maldonado
Tamara Mitchell
Harry Montas
Isis Negrón 
Nicholas Noriega
Georgianna Oyola
Joseph Pacheco
Ethan Perez
Chloe Rodriguez
Shianne Williams

The Bronx Junior Photo League is a free after-school program where Bronx students learn how to utilize the power of documentary photography and storytelling to explore their community.

The class, comprised of 11-18 year-olds from our Bronx community, will be displaying their final photo and multimedia projects at the Bronx Documentary Center on June 3rd.

The Bronx Junior Photo League was taught by Bianca Farrow, Cynthia Rivera, Elias Williams, Kholood Eid, Jon Santiago, Michael Kamber and Groana Melendez.

This program was generously supported by Fujifilm USA.

Photo © Fanta Diop, 7th Grade, Bronx Junior Photo League

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Fabio Bucciarelli

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Join us as photographer Fabio Bucciarelli presents his work and talks about his long term photographic project The Dream, on view at the BDC from March 10-27th.

Bucciarelli has spent five years documenting the causes and consequences of the largest refugee migration since World War II. In The Dream, Bucciarelli tells the stories of those who have fled the wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and beyond. 

Free and open to the public.


FABIO BUCCIARELLI (Italy, 1980) is an award-winning photographer who focuses his attention on conflicts and humanitarian consequences of war. See more of his work here: www.fabiobucciarelli.com

Fabio spent the last years covering the major world changing events in Africa and Middle East. He reported from Libya - from its earliest stages until the death of Gaddafi - from Syria - during the civil war - and from forgotten countries in Africa as South Sudan and Mali. Fabio feels the urgency to tell the stories of people who are rendered powerless and provide unbiased information focused on human rights.

In 2015, with other committed photographers and a group developers, Fabio founded MeMo Mag, a platform that uses the strength of digital technology to develop new ways of storytelling.

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Legendary Hungarian photographers Judit M. Horvath and Gyorgy Stalter will give a slideshow presentation and talk this Thursday, June 1st, at 6:30PM.

The husband-and-wife team have documented the lives of Hungarians for decades. Their photos are filled with joy, tenderness, and love — and argue against prejudice and stereotypes. 

You can view their long-term Gypsy project Mas Vilag (Other World) here

Free and open to the public.

PHOTO: Tiszakarad, 1992. © Judit M. Horvath

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

The Price of Photography

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“Photography is not a hobby for me. It’s a way of life.” Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as "Shawkan", an Egyptian photojournalist wrote from the infamous Tora prison. Shawkan has been imprisoned since August 14, 2013, when he was arrested while covering the dispersal of a protest of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, one of the most violent events in the country’s modern history. Shawkan, who was 25 at the time of his arrest, has now spent more than 1000 days behind bars.

Shawkan’s photos are a poignant reminder of the early optimism of the Egyptian revolution and the uprisings which swept the Arab world. From celebrations in Tahrir Square to revolutionary graffiti, the fact that his last photos feel dated is a visual testament to how long he’s been behind bars. Shawkan’s arrest is a marker of a dramatic change in Egypt, which has since transformed into one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is showcasing the work of Shawkan in order to advocate for his swift release, and to highlight the plight of journalists and journalism in Egypt today. Shawkan is a recipient of CPJ’s 2016 International Press Freedom Award.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Jackson

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The first screening of our 2nd Annual Women’s Film Series. The film series will showcase movies made by women filmmakers.

Q&A with director Maisie Crow and Alissa Quart, Executive Editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project

With a single abortion clinic remaining in the state of Mississippi, the city of Jackson has become ground zero in the nation's battle over reproductive health-care. 

Jackson The Film is an intimate portrait of the interwoven lives of three women in this town. Wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South, the lives of two women are deeply affected by the director of the local pro-life crisis pregnancy center and the movement she represents.


After an award-winning career as a photojournalist, MAISIE CROW turned her attention to filmmaking. In 2014 her short film, The Last Clinic was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy, and she was listed as one of PDN InMotion’s 20 Emerging Artists to Watch in Film and Video. In 2012, her multimedia project, Half-Lives: Chernobyl Workers Now won an Overseas Press Club award. In 2010, her short film A Life Alone was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Most recently, she worked as a director of photography on MTV's documentary series, True Life.

ALISSA QUART is the author of three non-fiction books, a journalist, an Emmy nominated multimedia producer, a professor, and a poet. Alissa is currently working on her latest non-fiction book, Squeezed, about the American middle class family for HarperCollins. Her first book of poetry, Monetized, was just published. Alissa is the Editor in Chief of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit devoted to commissioning, editing and placing narrative journalism, photography and video about inequality and economic insecurity. 

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General, Free for 18 and Under

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Please join us to celebrate the opening of the Tim Hetherington Photobook Library, one of the few New York City's libraries dedicated to photography.

The library is stocked with the books of the late Tim Hetherington, an Oscar nominee and World Press Photo award winner, who helped plan the BDC before his tragic and untimely death.

The BDC gratefully acknowledges the support of Tim's parents, Judith and Alistair Hetherington, who generously donated his books to the Bronx Documentary Center. 

The library is currently accepting photobook donations and will be open Saturdays from 1-5PM and by appointment.

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“If we can’t come up with anything better than imprisonment, then it is good to be aware of human evolution. A portion of the prison population certainly consists of pathological criminals. But what about all the others?”– Jan Banning



In 2008, Dutch photographer Jan Banning gained worldwide recognition with the release of his book Bureaucratics (Nazraeli Press) that garnered rave reviews and sold out quickly. Edited by Martin Parr, it contains 50 environmental portraits of civil servants in eight countries: Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, the United States and Yemen.

Jan Banning’s newest book, Law & Order: The World of Criminal Justice, which releases in the United States this fall, is a natural extension of Bureaucratics. The book is a rare and innovative examination of criminal justice combining the world of photographic art with that of legal science. Banning’s photographs reveal the daily realities of the police, the courts, the prisoners, and the often hidden prison conditions in four countries: Colombia, France, Uganda and the United States.

Jan Banning will discuss his work with noted photo editor and independent curator Elisabeth Biondi followed by a book signing.

JAN BANNING is a Dutch autonomous artist/photographer, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was born in Almelo
(Netherlands) on May 4, 1954, from Dutch East Indies parents, and he studied social and economic history at the Radbout University of Nijmegen. Banning’s art work has been acquired by museums such as the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. His photo series have been published in print media that include Days Japan, GEO (France, Germany, and International), l’Espresso, Newsweek (US and Japan), One World, Sunday Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian Weekend, National Geographic, Time, Vrij Nederland, among many other outlets. Banning has been the subject of a television documentary by Frank van Osch entitled A Touch of Cruelty. To visit Jan Banning’s website, go to: www.janbanning.com.

After fifteen years as Visuals Editor of The New Yorker, ELISABETH BIONDI left the publication in the spring of 2011 to work as an Independent Curator. She has curated Subjective/Objective and Under The Bridge for the NY PhotoFestival 2011 and New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. In 2011 her exhibition Beyond Worlds: Photography in the New Yorker was the fall season’s opening show at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and an expanded versions of the show traveled to the Ullens Center in Beijing. Her exhibition Widely Different: New York City Panoramas was on view at the Seaport Museum in New York. Biondi is a Senior Thesis Adviser for SVA Graduate School and a photography consultant for Stern magazine. Her column Portfolio is published in Photograph. Most recently she was a juror for the World Press Photography Awards in Amsterdam and the Sony World Photography Awards in London, the addition to numerous other national and international photography juries. For more information, please visit: http://www.biondifoto.com/

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It's been almost thirty years since the publication of Eugene Richards' landmark book, Below the Line: Living Poor in America. The book, though acclaimed at the time, was also controversial. Critics applauded the revealing nature of the stories, but often added, as if in the same breath, that what was being shown was a negative view of the country, one that lacked hope. Pushed to reply, Richards countered that these stories were, in fact, portraits in courage. Each person encountered on his journey across America was struggling, against great odds, to better him or herself.

On the occasion of its 5th anniversary in October 2016, the BDC is honored to present Below the Line: Living Poor in America by Eugene Richards. The exhibition will feature more than two dozen black and white photographs from Richards's seminal project that depicts the extent of poverty in the United States in the mid 1980s. The project garnered Richards the 1987 International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Photographic Reportage.

Published by Consumer Reports Books in 1987, Below the Line consisted of taped interviews and photographs made by Richards during a seven-month journey across America in 1986 visiting poor rural and urban communities in eleven states from Massachusetts to Wyoming. Richards writes: "As one person's history unfolded, I was often directed towards others. When I was with embattled farmers in South Dakota, I was moved to think of the migrant laborers who also worked the land, yet have no title to it. The family I visited in the Tennessee Mountains was barely hanging onto their ancestral homeland. How must it be, then, for people newly arrived in this country that must adapt to a new language, different customs, to an inhospitable economy? In the Arkansas Delta, the grandchildren of the aging and weary sharecroppers I photographed could barely wait to get away from home, to Chicago or New York, which held more promise for them... "

The BDC's Melrose neighborhood in the Bronx remains one of America's poorest communities, located just four subway stops away from one of the country's wealthiest, the Upper East side of Manhattan. It is the BDC's hope that Richards's powerful exhibition will stimulate a dialogue between the local communities it serves and the world at large about actionable steps to fight poverty.


Below the Line: Living Poor in America was made possible with the support of: NY Culture, Ford Foundation, State of the Arts NYSCA, Art Works, National Endownment of the Arts

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Rejoice and Shout

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Rejoice and Shout is the definitive history of gospel music - some of the most emotional and powerful music in the world, and the foundation of the blues, country and rock n' roll. 

Packed with evocative photos, rare audio, recordings, stirring film appearances and TV performances, Rejoice and Shout is a jubilant journey through the 200 year musical history of African-American Christianity. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, the film features interviews and performances from the most celebrated voices in gospel music, including: Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Andrae Crouch, The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Selvey Family, Darrel Petties and many more.


This screening is held in conjunction with our current photo exhibition Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album by Nina Robinson on view at the BDC until May 29th

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In 2014, Nina Robinson traveled to Dalark, Arkansas to document her grandmother's passing and her family's grieving process. She became engrossed in the often overlooked rural African American communities surrounding Dalark, communities whose members are mostly working and middle class landowners. Her visit turned into a two-year project, Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album

Ms. Robinson’s family has a storied history in Arkansas extending back six generations. In her photos, the viewer witnesses the passing of older members as traditions are preserved and handed down to the young. The photographer has extensively documented the many gatherings, celebrations and reunions--at churches and a once segregated local high school--that serve as anchors for Dalark’s Black community.

Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album is a unique and intimate exploration of loss, love and tradition in a rural Black community.



NINA ROBINSON is a documentary and portrait photographer based in the South Bronx and Arkansas. In her work, Robinson examines issues in underrepresented communities, aiming to break the visual prejudices of race, class and age. She has been published in The New York Times, was named one of Time Magazine’s “Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States” and has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Robinson teaches a phototherapy program at the William Hodson Senior Center, where, through the use of photography, older residents are able to openly explore personal and social issues. She is a member of the Bronx Photo League, a collective of documentary photographers in the South Bronx.


Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album is sponsored by Fujifilm Cameras, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Art Works and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Practical Information, Concrete Steps

Sunday March 5th, 1-6PM
Immaculate Conception School, 378 East 151st Street, Bronx, NY

Join us for the BDC's 4th Annual Bronx Gentrification Conference bringing together community residents with leading experts in zoning, tenants' rights, investigative practices and much more.

Bronx residents and workers only. Limited workshop seating is available--you must pre-register.

This year’s conference will focus on a series of workshops that will provide residents an understanding of gentrification in the Bronx and the organizing tools to push back and/or mitigate the effects. Each workshop will take place in three 30-minutes sessions, giving participants the opportunity to attend in three workshops during the conference. Childcare will be available.


Information is Power
The following are the workshops that will be available during the conference:

  • Who Makes the Plans?
    Daphne Lundi

    The urban planning profession has historically been, and still remains, a predominately white field. Urban planners are one of the many agents that help shape housing policy, infrastructure planning, and economic development initiatives in neighborhoods across the city. It is important that the planning field better reflect the diversity of the city as a whole. In this workshop participants will be introduced to the urban planning profession, explore ways in which their local knowledge and understanding of neighborhoods mirrors many of the skills that urban planners are trained in, and identify key points that planners need to know working in New York City neighborhoods.

  • Addressing Landlord Harassment: A Holistic Approach
    Tiffany Femiano, Michele Yankson, Porsha Shaf'on Venable, and Runa Rajagopal, The Bronx Defenders

    Are you experiencing harassment from your landlord? Know your your rights! This workshop will address your rights and responsibilities around what to do if you are experiencing harassment/in fear of landlord retaliation and are worried about your housing. We have housing, criminal defense/immigration expertise to address your questions and concerns.

  • What is Zoning?
    Mark Torrey, The Center for Urban Pedagogy

    Zoning law regulates land use across the city and shapes buildings, blocks, and whole neighborhoods. It can be a tool for preservation or for rapid physical and economic development. How does it work? Why is it so controversial? This set of activities explains the zoning of density, bulk, land use, and how proposed rezonings could affect your neighborhood.

  • Reimagining Community Land Trusts
    A. Mychal Johnson and Angel ‘Monxo’ López Santiago, South Bronx Unite

    This workshop will examine how community land trusts can help stop hyper real estate speculation in the age of mass development and community displacement.

  • Urban Renewal, Redlining, Rezoning and Race
    Harry DiRienzo, Banana Kelly; Tahica Fredericks, Banana Kelly Resident Council/Picture the Homeless Leader; Fitzroy Christian, CASA Leader/Bronx Coalition for Community Vision Leader and Spokesperson

    This workshop will explore the historically racist motivations behind major government-sponsored and supported land use actions. We will look at lessons learned, and how the Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision is building power to plan in a way that is fair and equitable first and foremost to the local residents and businesses, as well as those in surrounding communities.

  • What’s On My Block?
    Lisa Riordan Seville

    What's coming to your block? In this workshop, you'll learn step-by-step tools to use public databases to get insight into what new developments are being built and who owns the buildings your block. We'll also talk about tools that don't require a computer for those without a computer or internet at home.

  • Gentrification and Health Equity: Strategies for Community Wellness
    Elizabeth Hamby

    In New York City, your zip code says more about your health than your genetic code. Differences in health outcomes, from rates of disease to life expectancy mean that your neighborhood might literally be making you sick. This is unfair, and unjust. Join public health researchers from New York University to learn about the connections between neighborhoods, gentrification, and health. We will talk about how to understand the health of your neighborhood, as well as concrete steps you can take to protect community wellness.

  • Home Ownership and Collective Power
    Jasmine Murrill and Jason Isaacs

    During this interactive, solution-focused workshop, participants will be invited to reflect on their own relationship to money and ownership from an emotional and psychological perspective. We will also discuss practical resources and strategies for those interested in ownership as well as share our own path to homeownership.

  • Activist Oral Histories
    Marty Rogers and Libertad Guerra

    Come share your stories! Activists and community members Marty Rogers and Libertad Guerra will moderate and encourage attendees to tell their stories of organizing and community successes in pushing for fair and just communities. They will also discuss struggles and successes from years past, including reopening firehouses and closing the medical waste incinerator in the South Bronx.

  • Art, Culture, Community: Examining Strategies
    Danielle Jackson

    What can the arts look like in our community in the face of new real estate development? This workshop explores the ways artists and non-artists can get together to shape the places where the live and work.

  • Building and Preserving Affordable Housing In Today's Bronx
    Nancy Biberman, WHEDco

    The workshop will discuss issues that affect Bronx residents in the current real estate landscape: (1) Achieving deeper affordability in publicly-financed new housing construction; (2) Maintaining a community preference for new affordable housing without running afoul of Fair Housing Laws; and (3) The inherent tension between advocacy and development.

Conference Agenda:
1:00-1:45PM: Welcome and Workshop Announcements
1:45-2:00PM: Transition to First Workshop
2:00-2:30PM: Workshops [Round 1]
2:30-2:40PM: Rotate to Next Workshop
2:40-3:10PM: Workshops [Round 2]
3:10-3:20PM: Rotate to Next Workshop
3:20-3:50PM: Workshops [Round 3]
4:00-4:15PM: Reconvene for WNYC Panel
4:30-6:00PM: ”Keeping the South Bronx Affordable”
WNYC Panel Discussion with Mychal Johnson, Diana Hernandez, Jacob McIntosh, Juanita Lara, and Dilcia Mercedes
5:30-6:00PM: Closing Remarks

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Father's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Father's Day Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Through a Lens Darkly

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A Q&A with Don Perry, producer and co-writer of Through a Lens Darkly, Danielle Jackson, writer, strategist and Bronx Documentary Center co-founder and photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden will follow the film.

The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.

Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Lyle Ashton Harris and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery – and a call to action.

This screening is held in conjunction with our current photo exhibition Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album by Nina Robinson on view at the BDC until May 29th. 

Suggested Donation: Bronx residents $5, general $10, 18-and-under free.

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Return to Homs

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Q&A with filmmaker Talal Derki via Skype will follow the film.

War changes people, including 19-year-old Basset Saroot, who went from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for Arab Spring reforms to armed insurgent. 

Winner of Sundance's 2014 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, this is an unprecedented view inside a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking. Winner of the first George Polk Documentary Film Award.

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS's award-winning nonfiction film series. 


Suggested Donation: Bronx residents $5, general $10, 18-and-under free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Émilie Régnier + Amy Sall

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Exhibiting photographer Émilie Régnier in discussion with Amy Sall, Founder, and Editor of SUNU Journal, and part-time lecturer at The New School, about the ongoing cultural conversation between Africa and the Western world.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition 'From Mobutu to Beyoncé', in which the photographer Émilie Régnier explores the symbols of power and style in Dakar, Kinshasa, Paris, Abidjan, New York, and even a small town in Texas. On view at the Bronx Documentary Center from April 15th through June 4th.



EMILIE REGNIER is a Canadian-Haitian photographer born in Canada in 1984. Régnier spent most of her childhood in Africa, mainly Gabon. In 2009 Émilie moved to Dakar, Senegal where she was based until 2015. She is now based in Paris. Régnier worked in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and throughout Africa. Her work has appeared in numerous international publications such as Le Monde Magazine, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, International Courier, Express, Jeune Afrique, Foam, and Yet, among many others; and has also been exhibited widely in Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America.

AMY SALL is Founder and Editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics, a forthcoming online platform and print journal seeking to amplify the youth voice and perspective on matters and ideas concerning Africa and the diaspora. With a keen interest in cultural studies, African affairs, and artistic expression, Amy Sall is interested in the ways in which media, visual culture, and critical theory inform, shape and encourage discourses surrounding the socioeconomic, political and cultural. Currently, she is a part-time lecturer in the Culture and Media Studies department of The New School University's Eugene Lang College.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Mother's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Mother's Day Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

My Way to Olympia

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BDC Sports Film Series

My Way to Olympia is a documentary directed by Niko von Glasow, which follows disabled athletes preparing to compete at the London 2012 Paralympics. 

The film focuses on Matt Stutzman, an armless American archer; Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen; the Rwandan sitting volleyball team; one-legged German swimmer Christiane Reppe and the tetraplegic Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis.

The BDC is proud to partner with POV for this screening. Learn more about the film on the POV site here: www.pbs.org/pov/olympia/.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Father's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Father's Day Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) invites you to our 2nd Annual Photo Auction Benefit on October 13th, 2016. We are taking the Bronx to the Brooklyn Brewery to celebrate our five year anniversary and honor photographer Joe Rodriguez. The auction will feature the works of over 40 internationally renowned and emerging photographers; proceeds will fund the BDC's educational programs, exhibitions and public programming. We’d love for you to be part of this important event.

The Bronx Documentary Center is an educational space and gallery. Our mission is to share photography, film and new media with underserved Bronx communities and the cultural community at large. We work to ensure people of all colors and incomes help shape ideas and images about our communities.

Since 2011, the BDC has had many successes, including dozens of thought-provoking exhibitions featuring emerging and internationally renowned photographers. We are proud to have also trained up-and-coming photographers, journalists and documentarians in the South Bronx community. Initiatives like the Bronx Photo League, a mentorship and technical training program for Bronx photographers, our free after school program for Bronx youth – the Bronx Junior Photo League, as well as lectures and other public programs are just some of the ways that we do this.

You are invited to an event that will bring together hundreds of photographers, documentarians, political leaders, philanthropists, friends and long-time supporters for a night of fundraising and celebration.

Many of the most celebrated photographers in photojournalism, portraiture, landscape and documentary photography have donated images for this auction. Prints of all size and subject matter will be available, many of them museum quality and ready to frame.

Tickets include entrance to the auction, hor d’oeurves, drinks, and the opportunity to take part in the photo auction.

Sponsored by Fujifilm Cameras.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Lynsey Addario, Peter van Agtmael, Victor Blue, Fabio Bucciarelli, Guillermo Cervera, John Conn, Joe Conzo, Martha Cooper, David A. Delgado, David "Dee" Delgado, Fanta Diop, Timothy Fadek, Donna Ferrato, Ricky Flores, Bud Glick, Chantal Heijnen, Tyler Hicks, Chris Hondros, Lisa Kahane, Ed Kashi, Phillip Leonian, Kadir Van Lohuizen, Ira Mandelbaum, Diana Markosian, Jim Nickelson, Edwin Pagan, Bill Pierce, Larry Racioppo, Emilie Regnier, Eugene Richards, Nina Robinson, Joseph Rodriguez, Richard Sandler, Aaron Siskind, Edwin Torres, Damon Winter

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Featuring the work of thirty eight independent photojournalists, this exhibit captures ordinary New Yorkers as they rallied, rioted, marched, and demonstrated. These stunning images document historic moments of violent confrontation such as the Tompkins Square Park and Crown Heights Riots and as well as organized protests involving non-violent civil disobedience and creative street theater. Collectively, these photographs, which have never before been exhibited together, chronicle New York’s history from 1980-2000.

The exhibit is co-curated by Meg Handler, former photo editor of The Village Voice, historian Tamar Carroll, author of Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty and Feminist Activism, and Mike Kamber, founder of the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC). The exhibit was designed and produced by the BDC’s Cynthia Rivera and Bianca Farrow.

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Nina Berman, Bill Biggart, Donna Binder, Donna DeCesare, Maximo Colón, Ricky Flores, Frank Fournier, David Gonzalez, Lori Grinker, James Hamilton, Meg Handler, Lisa Kahane, Mike Kamber, Gabe Kirchheimer, Carolina Kroon, Corky Lee, Meryl Levin, Andrew Lichtenstein, Tracey Litt, Dona Ann McAdams, Thomas McGovern, Tomas Muscionico, Marilyn Nance, Edwin Pagán, Brian Palmer, Clayton Patterson, Mark Peterson, Sandra-Lee Phipps, Sylvia Plachy, Alon Reininger, Richard Renaldi, Clarence Elie-Rivera, Joseph Rodriguez, Linda Rosier, Q. Sakamaki, Richard Sandler, Catherine Smith and Les Stone.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Valentine's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Valentine's Day Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Open Show NYC #23

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Please join us for the summer OPEN SHOW NEW YORK screening on Tuesday, July 18th.

OPEN SHOW NEW YORK organizes FREE curated screenings of diverse, compelling work by photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers in high-profile spaces. OPEN SHOW NY is a part of a global network with the mission to provide an opportunity for the public to interact directly with visual artists and talk about their work.

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“Bronstein has put together one of the richest portraits there is of modern Afghanistan – complicated, conflicted, and contradictory, but always compelling. Just try to put down this book without looking at every image, without feeling each person in your gut, in your heart. It’s impossible.”– Kim Barker

In the fall of 2001, the award-winning American photojournalist Paula Bronstein travelled to Afghanistan on assignment for Getty Images to document the U.S-led “Occupation Enduring Freedom” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Captivated by the indomitable resilience and spirit of the Afghan people and the rugged beauty of their country’s landscape, Bronstein has made Afghanistan her mission ever since. She has returned to the country repeatedly over the past 14 years to document the lives of the Afghan people against the backdrop of a brutal and protracted war. This remarkable and nuanced body of work is gathered together for the first time in Bronstein’s powerful new monograph Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (University of Texas Press, June 2016).

What sets Bronstein’s photographs apart from many of her peers is her choice to spend most of her time with the Afghan people. Her work goes beyond war coverage to reveal the full complexity of daily life in what may be the most reported on, yet least understood country in the world. The result is an intimate photographic portrait of this war-torn country’s people spanning 2001-2015. With empathy born of the challenges of being a female photojournalist working in a conservative Islamic country, Bronstein gives voice to many Afghans who remain silenced by Taliban repression, particularly women and children.

Represented by Getty Images Reportage, Bronstein documents the on-going challenges still facing the country today—among them, human rights abuses against women, poverty, heroin addiction and increased violence and instability—to the stirrings of new hope, including women participating in elections for the first time, education for girls, and expanded job and recreational opportunities for both men and women.

Afghanistan is cited by international rights groups as one of the worst places to live if you are born female and Bronstein’s searing photographs bear this out – from her depiction of the struggle of Afghanistan’s over 2.5 million war widows many of whom are left penniless and powerless and forced to beg on the streets, to the anguish and desperation of Afghan women who practice self-immolation to escape forced marriages and domestic abuse. Bronstein counters the tough issues with positive photographs of women active at political rallies and girls engaged in learning in school classrooms.

At the core of Bronstein’s work is her compassion for her subjects and her ability to gain extraordinary access to document the hope and beauty as well as the harsh realities of their lives. She is relentless in her pursuit of stories she believes must be shared with the world, and she goes after them, sometimes at great personal risk.

In her afterword in the book, Bronstein writes: “I have made some of the most extraordinary photos of my career in Afghanistan, with face after face offering a complex and intriguing gaze and revealing the constant tension between optimism and reality that shapes the lives of so many here. I keep going back, motivated and inspired by those faces, pushing against the difficulties, hoping to find fewer doors slamming shut and more people seeing reasons to smile.”

In her introduction, fellow award-winning journalist Christina Lamb describes the gains that Afghan women have made since the overthrow of the Taliban, as well as the daunting obstacles they still face, and Kim Barker, a staff reporter for The New York Times, writes the foreword. Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear is an eloquent portrait of everyday life and a story about the legacy of America’s longest war. This important and beautiful volume is the most complete visual narrative history of the country currently in print.


With over 30 years in the news business, Paula Bronstein is one of America’s most distinguished female photojournalists. She has won numerous awards, among them: Pictures of the Year International; National Press Photographers Association (Runner up: “Photographer Of The Year”); The Pulitzer Prize (Finalist: “Breaking News”); The Overseas Press Club of America (John Faber Award); Foreign Correspondents Club: Thailand (“Asia Photographer of the Year”); Leica Oskar Barnack Award (Finalist); and China International Press Photo (“Photo Of The Year”). Her work has been featured in numerous individual and group exhibitions including “Afghanistan’s Health Crisis,” Lido, Italy (October 2015) and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles (December 13, 2014 – May 3, 2015); “Women in War” at the 2014 Korea Photo Biennale; and “Women Between Peace and War – Afghanistan,” which traveled to New York, Miami, Denver, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Other venues include War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik – “Women War Photographers,” Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France (2008), The Fence an outdoor Photography Exhibition – Photoville, New York (2014).

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Kiki

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Join The Bronx Queer Forum for the second installment of their LGBTQ Summer Screenings for Kiki at the Bronx Documentary Center on Thursday, July 20th at 7pm!

Kiki, a documentary film by Sara Jordeno, explores the contemporary LGBTQ vogue scene 25 years after Paris is Burning was released. 

While much has changed since the launch of that groundbreaking documentary, Kiki shows that despite the tremendous gains in LGBTQ rights gained, many of the struggles still remain the same.

Immediately after the screening, we'll have a special performance by Slim Ninja from the iconic House of Nina.

Voguing before, during, and after the film is welcome and encouraged so come and be yourself!

Free and open to all.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Mother's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's Holiday Portraits, Bronx residents and families are invited to be photographed as part of our Mother's Day Portraits. Each Bronx resident receives a free 8x10 print and an invite to upcoming events. Thanks to Fujifilm USA for their continued support for our events.

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Join award-winning photographer Giles Duley for a talk and slideshow. The gift of a camera changed the course of Giles’ life; he started out as a fashion photographer but moved to a career documenting humanitarian issues and the consequences of conflict. In 2011, whilst working in Afganistan, Giles was injured by a landmine. Despite his serious injuries, Giles continues to dedicate his life to telling stories through photography. 

He will talk about his current project Legacy of War, which documents the long-term impact of conflict on communities, including the refugee crisis in the Middle East and most recently the human impact of the fighting in Mosul.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Pariah

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Join us Saturday, June 24th at 7pm, as The Bronx Queer Forum kicks off its summer LGBTQ screening series at The Bronx Documentary Center with 'Pariah', a story about a 17-year-old African-American Brooklyn woman leading a double life as she hides her sexuality as a lesbian from her parents and family.

The Bronx Queer Forum's goal is to provide a safe space in our borough for its LGBTQ community to gather on a monthly basis to not only watch films and documentaries that are important to our communities but to also have a place to interact with one another in a borough that currently lacks such spaces.

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Q&A with director Renée Silverman and film subject George Tarr will follow the film.

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts.

The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Learn more at: refugeekidsfilm.com

Held in conjunction with the current exhibition The Dream by Fabio Bucciarelli. 


Suggested donation: Bronx residents $5, general $10, 18-and-under free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Here Come the Videofreex

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Q+A with director Jon Nealon to follow the film.

In the 1960s and 70s, a group of renegade journalists known as the Videofreex democratized the future of the media as they deployed the first handheld video cameras to report and observe the world around them. 

In Here Come the Videofreex , directors Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin tap into a treasure chest of restored tapes shot by the Freex, including interviews with icons like murdered Black Panther Fred Hampton and legendary activist Abbie Hoffman, charting the path of this underground video collective from their assignment on the counterculture beat for CBS News to their rupture with the network and creation of a radical pirate television station in upstate New York.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx residents, $10 General, 18-and-under free.

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*Please note this event is NOT HELD at the BDC.

The goal of our 3rd annual Gentrification Conference is to educate, strategize and plan community resistance to gentrification. 

Join us for a day of film screenings and a panel discussion that will provide South Bronx residents with the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues surrounding gentrification. The Bronx Photo League's (BPL) Jerome Avenue Worker's Project will be on view. Learn more about the photo collective's project covering the changing face of Jerome Ave here: http://nyti.ms/1LnFPq4

In partnership with New Settlement Apartments Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) and City Limits.

Food, childcare and interpretation provided.
Free and open to all. Please contact Susanna at CASA with any questions: 718-716-8000

PANELISTS

VIVIAN VAZQUEZ
Co-Producer of Decade Of Fire
Vivian Vazquez is Nuyorican and grew up in the Longwood district of the South Bronx during the time of the fires. She left in 1980. After returning to the Bronx, she led projects for children, youth and senior center programs at Bronxworks for nine years. Vivian managed the development of educational youth development models in GED completion and college access programs throughout the city. Currently, she is the Director of Community-School Partnerships at the New Settlement Community Campus, a new K to 12 public school in the Bronx. She is a proud member of 52 People for Progress and Decade of Fire is her first film project. 

VICKI BEEN
Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner
Vicki Been is responsible for leading the nation’s largest municipal housing agency and is charged with creating and implementing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, a bold initiative to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes and apartments over 10 years. Prior to her appointment as HPD Commissioner, Ms. Been was Director for NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a nationally renowned academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate, and housing development. She also served as the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

RHYNNA M. SANTOS
Photographer & Everyday Bronx Curator
Rhynna M. Santos is a photographer born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico and currently residing in Bronx, New York. Ms. Santos graduated from UCLA in 2007. Since then she has worked with a number of Bronx based organizations including Mind-Builders
Creative Arts Center, Bronx Documentary Center and Bronx Art Space. In 2014 Ms.Santos had her first solo exhibition in Madrid, Spain entitled Window to the Bronx. The exhibition expanded a global dialogue about urban, Latino immigration. Ms. Santos depicts the everyday life, geographies, emotions and realities of people of color in Bronx, New York. She has exhibited work as featured artist in Curate NYC 2013, Bronx Art Space: Access to Art 2014, Bronx X Bronx 2014 and the Jerome Avenue Workers Project 2015. Santos is currently a member of the Bronx Photo League at the Bronx Documentary Center and curator for the Instagram feed Everyday Bronx.

FITZROY CHRISTIAN
Tenant Leader at CASA 
Fitzroy Christian is a tenant leader at CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments) and Bronx Borough Coordinator for Housing Court Answers. He has been a resident of the southwest Bronx for the past 40 years and is a tenant member on the Board of Directors of Legal Services-NYC. Fitzroy is a graduate of the City College of the City University of New York and spent 30 years of his working life as a technology professional, first as a computer technician at the now defunct Digital Equipment Corp., and later as Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing at Fordham University’s Graduate Center at Lincoln Center. He has been involved in most of CASA’s campaigns and is currently a member of the Bronx Coalition for Community Vision, which is developing its community-led vision for the rezoning and development of Jerome Avenue. Fitzroy also maintains an information and help desk at the Bronx Housing Court for Housing Court Answers, from where he assists pro se litigants in navigating the complex and confusing labyrinth that is New York City’s Housing Court system.

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A slideshow and presentation exploring the late photographer Tim Hetherington’s dynamic legacy. 

In addition, the Tim Hetherington Trust will announce the recipient of the third Visionary Award. 

Shortlisted nominees for The Visionary Award:
Laia Abril
Poulomi Basu
Zackary Canepari
Omar Imam
Andrea Ellen Reed

This celebration of Tim’s work marks the sixth anniversary of the mortar attack that took the lives of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya 2011. 

Free and open to the public.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

How to Survive a Plague

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How To Survive A Plague is the story of two coalitions— ACT UP New York and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. 

DAVID FRANCE is an American investigative reporter, non-fiction author and filmmaker. He is a contributing editor for New York magazine, former Newsweek senior editor and published in magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and GQ.

 

Suggested Donation: Bronx resident $5, General $10, Free 18-and-under. Advance tickets available: http://bit.ly/2m9ALhv.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

In the Game

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BDC Sports Film Series

In the Game is a documentary that follows the ups and downs of an inner city girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx residents, $10 General, 18-and-under free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Kirsten Johnson

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SOLD OUT

Women’s Filmmaking Workshop

Critically-acclaimed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Academy Award shortlisted, 2017) will lead a workshop exploring ways of seeing and approaches to facing the challenges and opportunities for women in today's documentary filmmaking world.

Kirsten was the principal cinematographer on such films as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Citizenfour; she directed the prize-winning Cameraperson. In this workshop, she will provide hands-on examples of shooting scenes, discuss clips from her films and lead a tailored discussion of participants’ projects.

Kirsten will also discuss the physical, artistic and ethical challenges facing women in documentary filmmaking.  The workshop will also touch on issues of representation in the fast-growing filmmaking community as well as the opportunities and trends created by such changes.

The BDC will provide lunch by Xochimilco, the Bronx’s finest Mexican restaurant.

About the Instructor

Kirsten Johnson is a filmmaker and cinematographer interested in addressing the changing dimensions and urgent ethical challenges of documentary camerawork. Her most recent film Cameraperson, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016, was short-listed for an Academy Award, won the National Board of Review “Freedom of Expression” prize, and was awarded three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. Her short film, The Above which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival was nominated for the IDA Best Short of 2016. Kirsten’s camerawork appears in the Cannes premiere, "Risk", in the Academy Award-winning Citizenfour, Academy Award-nominated The Invisible War, Tribeca Documentary winner, Pray The Devil Back To Hell, Cannes winner Fahrenheit 9/11, and Emmy Award-winning Ladies First.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Women filmmakers are strongly encouraged to participate. 10% off for BDC members at the photographer/filmmaker level or if you have previously participated in a BDC workshop.

Please email info@bronxdoc.org if you have any questions.

*CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds if canceling within 7 days of the workshop. Cancellations before the 7 day period will receive a refund of the registration price not including service fees.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Docs 4 Tots | Batkid Begins

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Join the Bronx Documentary Center for the first screening of our children's film series Docs 4 Tots! 

Bring the whole family! Snacks will be provided.

In the film "Batkid Begins", the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco join forces to grant a five-year-old cancer patient's wish to become Batman for a day, drawing worldwide attention and support.

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¡Proyección para niños!

¡Únanse al Bronx Documentary Center para la primera proyección de nuestra serie de películas para niños! En la película Batkid Begins, la Fundación Make-A-Wish y la ciudad de San Francisco se unen para otorgarle a un paciente de cáncer de cinco años el deseo de convertirse en Batman por un día, simultáneamente llamando la atención y el apoyo de todo el mundo. 

Se proporcionará colaciones y jugo.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Resident, $10 General, 18 and under free.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Foto-Féminas

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The founder of Foto-Féminas, Verónica Sanchis Bencomo, will share the history of the platform and its origin story. She will be joined by two of Foto-Féminas’ featured photographers, Paula Abreu Pita and Joana Toro, who will, in turn, share their recent work and discuss their paths as photographers. 

Foto-Féminas is a platform promoting the works of Latin American and Caribbean women photographers.

BIOS

 

VERÓNICA SANCHIS BENCOMO is a Venezuelan photographer and culture promoter based in Hong Kong. In 2013, Verónica started to collaborate with the cultural magazine, Ventana Latina, based in London. She created the monthly feature, Fotografia Latina, where she published monthly interviews with photographers working in Latin America. In 2014, she founded, Foto-Féminas, which promotes the work of women Latin American and Caribbean photographers. Verónica continues to contribute to photographic platforms such as Photographic Museum of Humanity (United Kingdom), Yet magazine (Switzerland) and Atlas Fotografia e Imagen (Chile). Veronica also works on her personal photographic projects and recently self-published her latest book, Blaze, in collaboration with the poet Cristina Gálvez.

PAULA ABREU PITA was born in Caracas in 1984. She received her degree in Social Communication at Universidad Monteávila in Venezuela. She simultaneously studied photography at Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografía. In 2008 she traveled to London, where she studied art for six months at the University of The Arts London. In 2009 she obtained a Master's degree in Advertising and Fashion Photography at the Escuela de Artes y Espectáculos Tai in Madrid. During her stay in Spain, Paula collaborated with magazines such as Esquire, DXi Pocket, and Looc Madrid. Upon completion of her Masters, she returned to Caracas and worked at the TV channel “Venevisión. In Caracas, she had her first solo show "Peças da Madeira" in July 2010 and in 2011 her second solo show “Entre Águas de Portugal”. The same year, she moved to New York where she earned a Master's in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. In 2013, she had her first solo show in New York entitled “Buena Vista 504”. Abreu Pita has exhibited at Photoville, First Street Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery and The Greenpoint Gallery and at Getty Images Gallery in London. Abreu Pita is a member of Foto-Féminas and teaches photography at PhotoUno in New York. 

JOANA TORO is a Colombian documentary photographer exploring issues of immigration, human rights, and identity. Joana is a self-taught photojournalist who splits her time between New York City and Bogota. She was a staff photographer with the major magazines and newspapers in Colombia. In 2011, Joana migrated to the United States to pursue her career as a documentarian and artist.  Her projects have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, and other international publications. Her first monograph, Masked was published in 2014 by oodee London.

About Foto-Féminas
Foto-Féminas is a platform promoting the works of Latin American and Caribbean women photographers. In addition to its online presence, the platform has exhibited at GuatePhoto Festival (Guatemala); Pingyao International Photography Festival (China); Museo Pumapungo (Ecuador) and Parque de las Mujeres Argentinas (Argentina). Most recently, Foto-Féminas launched a photography library, which looks to promote the editorial work of women photographers from the region. They have presented their collection at Para Site (Hong Kong) gallery and Art Culture & Outreach (Hong Kong). Upcoming events include Art Book Fair Taipei (Taiwan) and Hong Kong Print and Zine Festival.

Photo © Joana Toro

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Anita M. Samuels

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In conversation with author Anita M. Samuels discussing her book, "Rants & Retorts: How bigots got a monopoly on commenting about news online".

"Rants & Retorts" is a provocative exploration of the way in which reader comment sections — created to foster the free flow of ideas and opinions on the news of the day — have spiraled downward into what many journalists call “cesspools” of racism and bigotry.

Samuels will be signing copies of "Rants & Retorts," which will be available for purchase at the event.

Free and open to all.

About the Author

Anita M. Samuels is a nationally acclaimed journalist and critic who writes about media, fashion, music, and culture. A frequent contributor to The New York Daily News, Samuels began her career on the staff of The New York Times Style Section, where a number of her features about the African American community earned her an award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Tchindas

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Join us on Saturday, August 26th for the 3rd Bronx Queer Forum's LGBTQ Summer Screening at the BDC!

This time we explore the transgender community of Cape Verde off the coast of Africa in the documentary 'Tchindas' which follows the titular subject as she prepares for the island's biggest event: Carnival.

Tchinda Andrade is considered by many to be the "mother" of the transgender community of Cape Verde since coming out in 1998 paving the way for others to follow suit. 

The Bronx Queer Forum's goal is to provide a monthly safe space for our community to gather and mingle in The Bronx where such venues are few and far between. The Bronx Queer Forum was founded by Ed Garcia Conde. 

There will be a special drag performance after the screening so make sure to get here early!

Free and open to all.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC's Photo Auction Benefit

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Bid now!

Join us for our 4th Annual BDC Photo Auction Benefit at Brooklyn Brewery on Oct. 16th, for an opportunity to bid on works by renowned photographers, and be a part of an event that will bring together hundreds of photographers, filmmakers, documentarians, and friends for a night of fundraising and celebration. 

All are invited to bid, whether at the event or from afar!

For those of you joining us from home, the BDC is going high-tech by offering online and mobile bidding. Mobile bidding is fun, easy and secure! Simply register here to get started. Once you’ve bid on an item, your smartphone will alert you if you’ve been outbid you so you can bid again!

Participating photographers include:
Michelle Agins • Peter van Agtmael • Brassaï • Sharon Castellanos • Henry Chalfant  • John Conn • Jessica Dimmock  • Juanita Escobar • Tyler Hicks  • Chris Hondros • Mike Kamber •  Betsy Karel • Gary Knight  • Zun Lee •  Arthur Leipzig •  Susan Meiselas • Doug Mills • Carmen Petzey/Fotokids Guatemala • Jamel Shabazz • Stephanie Sinclair • Alec Soth • Brent Stirton • Harvey Wang • Iva Zimova and more!

Tickets are only $50 and include our beautifully produced auction catalog, open bar, and food from Allswell. DJ Jose Valerio will treat us to a set of house, disco, jazz, soul and more! A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, so buy your tickets now!

If you can't make it to the auction, please consider making a donation. Donations at any level are appreciated.

Funds raised will directly support benefit the BDC's education programs; Bronx Junior Photo League | Bronx Photo League | Bronx Senior Photo League | BDC Films.

Auction Rules and Item Pick-Up

Bidding will close at 9:15PM EST on October 16, 2018.
All items should be picked up from the Brooklyn Brewery by 9:30PM EST on October 16, 2018. Should the item need to be shipped, the buyer is responsible for all shipping charges.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Scarr at kelli@bronxdoc.org. Happy bidding! 

 


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Header: Untitled, 2015 © Sharon Castellanos. Bid on this print now!

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Portfolio Review

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Get your work seen during five one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top photo editors. Register today!

Sign up to meet and get critiqued by the top photo editors and photographers from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, UNICEF, Reuters and more. You will have the chance to meet one-on-one for twenty minutes with five of the following reviewers:

KAINAZ AMARIA Visuals Editor, Vox
SANDY CIRIC Director of Photography, Getty Images
JAMES ESTRIN Co-Editor, New York Times Lens Blog
NOELLE FLORES THEARD Programs Associate, Magnum Foundation
GENEVIEVE FUSSELL Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker
CASSANDRA JOHNSON Director, Steven Kasher Gallery
MARGARET KEADY Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal
NICK KIRKPATRICK International Photo Editor, The Washington Post
AMELIA LANG Associate Publisher at Aperture Foundation
BRENT LEWIS Senior Photo Editor, ESPN
GINA MARTIN Photographer Representative, National Geographic
PAUL MOAKLEY Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise, TIME Magazine
MARIE MONTELEONE Assignment Photo Editor, Bloomberg North America
CHRISTINE NESBITT 
Senior Photography Editor, United Nations Children's Fund
ELIZABETH RENSTROM Photo Editor, Vice
EUGENE RICHARDS Documentary Photographer
LAURA ROUMANOS Executive Producer and Co-Founder, United Photo Industries
JAMES WELLFORD Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
DAMON WINTER Staff Photographer, The New York Times
YUKIKO YAMAGATA Acting Interim Director, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Prior to the review, the BDC will ask you to submit your top 10 choices. We will do our best to match you to your selections.

Throughout the day, you can relax and enjoy yourselves in the BDC’s intimate backyard patio and Tim Hetherington Photo Book Library. The BDC will also provide lunch by Xochimilco, the Bronx’s finest Mexican restaurant.

Email info(at)bronxdoc.org if you have any questions.

 

FUJIFILM BRONX SCHOLARSHIP
There are six scholarship spots available for Bronx-based photographers, generously made possible by FUJIFILM. To apply for the scholarship, please send the following to info@bronxdoc.org:

  • A short statement discussing your work and how the portfolio review would be beneficial to you.
  • 10 images from any body of work with captions.

The images need to be lo-res .jpg files zipped in a folder with your name. The zipped folder should be attached to the email with your statement or sent via WeTransfer.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH
Submissions received after this time will not be reviewed. Please note these submissions will not be judged by BDC staff or volunteers; professional photo editors will be making the final decision.

 

*CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds if canceling within 7 days of the workshop. Cancellations before the 7 day period will receive a refund of the registration price, not including Eventbrite's service fee.

**Please note that all reviewers are working professionals. In the event of last minute assignments or schedule changes, the BDC reserves the right to substitute reviewers.

© Mike Kamber/BDC

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ON VIEW
February 3 - March 31st, 2018

GALLERY HOURS
Thur-Fri 3-7PM
Sat-Sun 1-5PM

Since 2011, Zun Lee has embedded himself in the lives of African American families, many of them from the Bronx and Harlem, photographing the intimate details of their everyday lives. Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood brings into focus the narratives of real fathers as caretakers, interrogating and dispelling stereotypes of Black masculinity and absent fathers. 

Father Jerell Willis and his son Fidel laughing together on a peaceful walk through their neighborhood in the Lower East Side of New York City.  © Zun Lee 

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

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Join us for an evening of incredible short documentaries as part of our 3rd Annual Women's Film Series which runs from Oct. 2-15th, 2017.

Presenting:

They Took Them Alive
Post-screening Q&A with director Emily Pederson

In 2014, the disappearance of 43 college students sparked a historic social movement in Mexico. Faced with government obstruction of an international investigation into their disappearance, their families enter a new chapter of uncertainty but refuse to stop seeking justice and closure.

About the director
Emily Pederson is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Raised in Rhode Island and based in New York, she has spent most of the last four years in Mexico, covering social movements and the impact of the Drug War on Mexican society. Her documentary work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, La Jornada, The Huffington Post and El Faro. She holds a degree in Photography and Human Rights from New York University.


The Other Side 
Post-screening Q&A with director Griselda San Martin

The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.

About the director
Griselda San Martin is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. For the past five years, she has documented the U.S.- Mexico border. Her long-term projects delve into issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights violations. She is currently focusing on the Hispanic community in the United States, exploring the effects of the rising xenophobic political and social climate in immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times Lens Blog, The New Republic, The Huffington Post and El País among others.

The Valley of Quest
Post-screening Q&A with director Maria Badia

“He who knows himself, knows his Lord” ­—Prophet Muhammad 
This is a story about the “other” Muslims. In a small Spanish town in the inspiring Alpujarra mountains, in Andalusia, 35 families of Westerners live a simple life as newly converted Muslims, following the traces of Sufism, considered by many as the mystic and most spiritual branch of Islam.

About the director
Maria Badia is a storyteller and filmmaker from Barcelona based in Brooklyn since 2008. She first came to New York as a correspondent for a Spanish television network. She produces, directs, shoots, and edits commercial and documentary films. She was a fellow at the 2012-2013 Uniondocs Collaborative Studio. She is a current member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a community of professional filmmakers with who we workshop our works once a week; and Film Fatales, a supportive group of women filmmakers collaborating in projects which gathers once a month. 

Of Birds and Boundaries
Post-screening Q&A with director Annie Berman

Of Birds and Boundaries is an animated documentary short that tells the story of ‘Marty’* a 25-year-old Hasidic family man in Brooklyn, who, yearning for freedom from his community, escapes into his own fantasies, and onto Craigslist, where he meets Annie, a secular filmmaker seeking a Hasidic researcher for her next project. What follows is the development of an unexpected relationship between two unlikely collaborators.

About the director
Annie Berman is a media artist living and working in New York City. Named one of Independent Magazine’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016, her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally in galleries, festivals, universities, and conferences, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, Babycastles Gallery, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. 


Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Resident, $10 General Public, 18-and-under Free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Jim: The James Foley Story

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James Foley's Mother, Diane, will lead a discussion following the screening.

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria. He was missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution by ISIS was posted online, and sent shock waves across the world.

'Jim: The James Foley Story', a documentary by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the story of Foley’s life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity.

For information on how to participate in the annual James Foley 5K Run/Walk, held on October 14th, please visit here.

And to learn more about the work of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation visit jamesfoleyfoundation.org.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx residents, $10 General, 18-and-under free.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Flint Town

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Post-screening discussion with co-directors Jessica Dimmock and Zackary Canepari, film subject and former Flint police officer Brian Willingham, and Bronx Defender attorney Shakeer Rahman.

* We will be screening episodes 3 and 4. We recommend audience members watch episodes 1 and 2 in advance here.

With unprecedented access, Flint Town is an intimate look inside a struggling police department that follows an ensemble cast of officers as they grapple with the challenges of policing a broken city while nationally, tensions between the police and community are more fragile than ever. Through very candid, and often unheard voices, both black and white police officers confront notions of race, implicit bias, and use of force in policing a city like Flint.

Flint is one of the most relevant cities in America. It’s also one of the poorest and most violent. But it wasn’t always this way. Flint used to be the poster city for middle-class America. In the 1970’s, when General Motors employed most of the city, Flint had the highest median income in the country. Today, it has the lowest. Schools have shut down, thousands of homes are abandoned and those that remain occupied have little to no value. People are desperate. As a result, crime and murder rates continue to soar. And now, with the water crisis, Flint has become the focal point for Americans who have been left behind in this new global economy.

In the middle of this situation is the Flint Police Department. Despite the need for adequate resources to deal with the high crime rates in Flint, the FPD has long been one of the most understaffed police departments in America. Over the last ten years, they’ve seen their numbers go from 300 officers to less than 100. They have 8 officers on patrol at any given time. For a city of 100,000 people, that’s ¼ the national average. Now, with all that’s going on in Flint, the water crisis, a new mayor, a new police chief and rumors of civil unrest, the Flint Police are trying to keep the city and themselves from imploding.

 

BIOS

ZACKARY CANEPARI (USA, 1979) is a visual storyteller working in a variety of different mediums. He began his career as a photojournalist in India/Pakistan before teaming with filmmaker Drea Cooper in 2010 and launching California is a place, a documentary film series which screened at Sundance and was viewed more than two million times.

The California series created new opportunities in both the commercial space and the editorial space for Canepari’s work and led to the project that first sent him to Flint, Michigan. The documentary feature film T-Rex, also co-directed by Drea Cooper, told the story of teenage Olympic boxer and Flint native, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields. T-Rex premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS in August 2016.

Canepari then released his first monograph about Flint, titled REX, which was published by Contrasto and won Photobook of the Year at the POYi Awards. In 2016, he launched Flint is a place, a sort of version 2.0 to the California project. Flint is a place consists of reportage, short films, found photos, virtual reality, interactive maps, and archival material. Canepari’s ongoing work in Flint resulted in his first World Press Photo Award and being named as Multimedia Photographer of the Year at the POYi Awards in 2016.  

JESSICA DIMMOCK is the recipient of numerous international awards for her photography and video work, including two World Press Photo awards for short films, The Inge Morath Award from Magnum, the F Award for Concerned Photography from Forma and Fabrica, The Infinity Award for Journalist of the Year from the International Center of Photography, and The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  

She is a Sundance Edit and Story Lab Fellow, and her first feature film, The Pearl, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. She was listed as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine and was nominated for an Emmy for her work for a Doctors Without Borders short film series.  

Jessica began her film work when the artist Moby asked her to direct a music video for his upcoming single, "Wait For Me," and since then her clients have included HBO, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Microsoft, The UNFPA, Showtime, and PBS. She is also the director of the Netflix documentary series, Flint Town.


BRIAN WILLINGHAM was born and raised in Flint Michigan during the civil rights era. He served with the US Army in Germany during the Revolutions of 1989. After that, Willingham was a member of the Flint Police Department for 20 years before retiring. He received the Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2007. He recently published his first book, Soul of A Black Cop. It is a day-to-day account of life as a patrolman in Flint's black community. Pulitzer prize-winning author Leon F. Litwack wrote,"[Soul of A Black Cop] is a scream from the bottom...a compelling and often unnerving documentary portrait of an urban war zone in which people endure lives of quiet despair..unique, poignant for it's humanity."

SHAKEER RAHMAN is an attorney in the Impact Litigation Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where his work includes helping Bronx residents confront systemic injustices in how they are policed. Shakeer has written about policing in the Harvard Law Review, the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Dissent Magazine, and the London Review of Books blog. 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.

 

 

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Join us for our 3rd Annual BDC Photo Auction Benefit at Brooklyn Brewery on Oct. 26th!

The auction will bring together hundreds of photographers, filmmakers, documentarians, and friends of the BDC for a night of fundraising and celebration. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on works by internationally renowned photographers such as Alex Webb, Ami Vitale, and Peter van Agtmael.

Tickets are only $50 and include open bar and amazing food from Allswell.

Participating photographers:
Victor J. Blue | Paula Bronstein | Joe Conzo Jr. | Gerry Paul Deiter | Elliot Erwitt |  Ricky Flores | Mark Hartman | Todd Heisler | Mike Kamber | Jason LaureYael Martinez | Andrew Quilty | Joseph Rodriguez | Richard SandlerQ. Sakamaki | Aaron Siskind | Rick SmolanAmi Vitale | Alex Webb |Rebecca Norris Webb | Daniella Zalcman | Mauricio Palos

Sponsored by FUJIFILM X Series US
Additional sponsors Ghetto Film School, Goldcrest Films, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and Montefiore for supporting this event.

Bid on this print now. © Richard Sandler

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Latin American Foto Festival

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FEATURING 

Sharon Castellanos / Peru  •  Jack Delano / Puerto Rico  •  Juanita Escobar / Colombia  •  Tatiana Fernández Geara / Dominican Republic 
Fotokids / Guatemala  •  Emmanuel Guillén Lozano  / Mexico • Félix Márquez / Mexico •  Francesca von Rabenau O'Reilly / Puerto Rico • Mauricio Palos / Mexico  •  Erika P. Rodriguez / Puerto Rico •  Misha Vallejo / Ecuador  •  Carlos Villalón / Colombia 


This July, the Bronx Documentary Center will create the first-ever Latin American Foto Festival held in New York City. This festival will bring award-winning photographers from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to exhibit their photographs, create installations and hold workshops and panel discussions.

 

           
© Tatiana Fernández Geara / Dominican Republic                                              © Carlos Villalon / Colombia

 

The event will take place in the Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood, one of New York's fastest growing and most dynamic communities. With installations in parks, schools, gardens and along city sidewalks, an estimated 50,000 residents and visitors will see what is sure to be one of New York's most exciting cultural activities.

 
 

ON VIEW
JUL 12- 22, 2018
WED-FRI 4-8PM
SAT-SUN 1-5PM

Curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

The Latin American Foto Festival is made possible by
Open Society FoundationsBronxCare Health System and BronxWorks.


The outdoor exhibits were printed by 

United Photo Industries


HEADER: © Sharon Castellanos / VII Mentor Program / Peru





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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Iraq War

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The Bronx Documentary Center will host an evening of photos and discussion to mark the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.
 
Photojournalists Carolyn Cole, Warzer Jaff, John Moore, and Robert Nickelsberg and others will show short selections of work from their years in Iraq. Audience and presenters will be encouraged to discuss the legacy of the war and its impact on Iraqi civilians and American soldiers.
 
This event, which will be informal and participatory, will be led by Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker and BDC founder Mike Kamber both of whom covered the war for The New York Times and other media outlets over more than a decade. This event will feature images of graphic violence.
 
 
 
 
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CAROLYN COLE is a multiple award-winning staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. She has covered conflicts in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Haiti and Liberia, where she earned the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia.
 
DEXTER FILKINS, whose experiences as a correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan are chronicled in his book The Forever War, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for reporting. In 2006-07, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and, from 2007 to 2008, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
 
MICAH GAREN  is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked in conflict and post-conflict zones for the past 17 years. Most recently, he has directed five feature-length films for Al Jazeera English one of which, Identity & Exile, won a Golden Nymph for Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2014. His work has been published in Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and the Financial Times, among others. His recent short film about the refugee crisis, Light on the Sea, launched in March on Vanity Fair. His short film from Afghanistan, Call Me Ehsaan, was a New York Times Op-Doc editor’s choice and screened at festivals. Micah filmed the “Christmas Eve Raid” scene in Iraq that was part of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911, the top-grossing documentary of all time.  Micah was kidnapped in Iraq in 2004 with his translator, Amir, while working on a documentary about the looting of archaeological sites following the US invasion of Iraq.  That experience was chronicled in a memoir, American Hostage, published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.
 
WARZER JAFF is a Kurdish-American photojournalist and cameraman. He worked for The New York Times starting in Iraq from 2003 through 2005. His photographs, producing credits and video have appeared in Frontline/PBS, including the Gangs of Iraq and The Rise of ISIS. He also worked with the Academy Award-winning producer Charles Ferguson on the documentary about Iraq, No End in Sight, and as a producer and photographer for CNN in Iraq and Syria.
 
MICHAEL KAMBER has worked as a photojournalist for more than 25 years. As a writer, videographer and photographer, he covered war and conflict for The New York Times in a dozen countries. He is the founder of the Bronx Documentary Center.
 
JOHN MOORE is a photojournalist for Getty Images. Moore joined Getty Images in 2005 and worked throughout South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East before moving back to the U.S. in 2008. He has extensively covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, working in the some of the world's most dangerous combat zones.
 
ROBERT NICKELSBERG has been a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years, he was based in New Delhi from 1988 to 2000. During that time, he documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India, and Afghanistan. He was one of the few photographers who had first-hand exposure to the early days of the rise of fundamentalist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan tribal areas and al-Qaeda, and his work provides a unique up-close view of the Soviet withdrawal, the rise of the Taliban and the invasion by the U.S.
 
 
 
Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org
 
© Carolyn Cole/LA Times
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Two-Day Photography Festival

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Friday, June 22nd & Saturday, June 23rd

7-11PM

 
Please note this event is not held at the BDC, it will be held on the step-street located at E. 169th St and Webster Avenue in the Bronx.
 

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) invites you to the opening reception for our upcoming two-day photography festival, Claremont Illuminated on Friday, June 22nd, AND Saturday, June 23rd, from 7-11PM.

Planned by the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Claremont Illuminated will be an evening photography festival that will revitalize and make safer a dark and isolated stairwell at 169th Street and Webster Ave on the edge of the South Bronx's Claremont Village, a New York City Housing Project.

The photography festival will feature numerous media projections on the walls surrounding the stairwell. The photos to be projected are by the BDC's Bronx Photo League photographers and youth from the Claremont Neighborhood Center; they are part of a collaboration with Claremont residents exploring the diverse lives and stories of the community.

There will also be several performances at the base of the stairs during Claremont Illuminated: America's oldest senior center, The Hodson Senior Center, located just across the street, will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a performance by the Hodson Senior Choir. The Butler Community Center's step team made up of teenage residents of Claremont, will also do a short performance.

Through this festival, the BDC, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Claremont residents and community organizations will work together to activate public spaces and increase public safety and community connections.

“We’re thrilled about this partnership with the BDC to help elevate their work to improve community safety. Claremont Illuminated shows how we can accomplish more when we bring government and residents together to create safe, vibrant and thriving neighborhoods,” said Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
 
 
             


"The Claremont Illuminated evening photography festival will be a powerful and unique use of documentary photography. The photos are by Bronx photographers taken in their Bronx community and being shown in six screen projection in that same community --all to create positive change. In my three decades working as a photographer, I've seen nothing like this." — Michael Kamber, photographer and BDC Founder and Director
 
Claremont Illuminated is part of The Claremont Village Documentary Project, a group project that was started in 2017 and explores residents' lives in a Bronx housing project and incorporates local voices through photographs, film, and multimedia, highlighting stories of community resilience and pride. For more information, visit here.

"While working on this project, I spent nights and weekends walking around Claremont, engaging with the community. All I needed to do was listen and the stories began to flow. Claremont Village is full of strength and tenacity and it is important that their stories are shared." — Ed Alvarez, Bronx Photo League Photographer
 
Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Participating artists, community groups, residents, and members of the press will be in attendance. Through this festival, the BDC, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Claremont residents and community organizations working together seek to activate public spaces and increase public safety and community connections.
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The Claremont Illuminated festival is a pilot is the first in a series of media projects aimed at engaging South Bronx youth and artists to improve lighting and generate community interaction in public space to promote public safety and community connection. 

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced that Claremont Illuminated was recommended for a $125,000 award through the NEA’s Our Town program. The pilot festival was funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, a special fund to support the integration of arts and culture into efforts to improve social well-being in low-income neighborhoods.

Claremont Illuminated is created in partnership with Claremont Healthy Village Initiative, and made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the New York State Regional Economic Development Corporation, and the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center. The evening photography festival is created with assistance from Ethan Vogt, an artist with experience designing and producing large-scale nighttime site-specific public art installations and festivals in multiple cities.
 
The Bronx Photo League's Claremont Documentary project was made possible in part by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.


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ABOUT THE BRONX PHOTO LEAGUE
The Bronx Photo League (BPL) is a group of 18 Bronx photographers formed by the BDC to collaborate on documentary photo projects. The BPL was created with the intention of expanding access to documentary photography and providing skill development for traditionally underrepresented poor and working-class photographers and photographers of color in the Bronx. Building on the success of their recent Jerome Avenue Workers Project (jeromeaveworkers.com), the BPL embarked in 2017 on the Claremont Village Documentary Project (claremontdocproject.com). Follow the project on Instagram @claremontdocumentaryproject.

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Photo captions from top to left to right;
Claremont Village residents. Summer 2017. © David "Dee" Delgado/Bronx Photo League
Light display at E. 169th St and Webster Ave. © Adeline Lulo / Bronx Photo League

 

 
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Featuring the FUJIFILM GFX System

Dynamic Street Portrait Photographer and Documentary Photojournalist Ruddy Roye will lead a four-hour photographic exploration of the streets of the Bronx with the FUJIFILM GFX 50S. He will demonstrate his technique on the mirrorless medium format system, and showcase through hands-on methods, the use of everyday surroundings to highlight the beauty of daily life. Roye will show how he uses this technique to inform great storytelling. The outdoor portrait session will be followed by a portfolio of the day review where choice of lenses, composition and exposure techniques will be discussed.

Photographers should bring their own SD cards and laptops. GFX 50S loan units will be supplied for the course attendees in limited quantities; photographers do not need to bring cameras.

Advance registration required. Register here

About the Instructor

Radcliffe ‘Ruddy’ Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraiture, and photojournalism. Roye, who has over fifteen years of experience, is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grassroots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica. Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to social media and matte-fiber paper.

Radcliffe has worked with magazines like National Geographic, New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Jet, Ebony, ESPN and Essence as well as with local newspapers like New York Newsday. Radcliffe honed his skills as a photojournalist by working as an Associated Press stringer in New York covering journalism events. He is also known for his documentation of the dancehall scene all over the world. He has traveled as far as Brazzaville in the Congo to document how Jamaicans and other dancers use the language of dance as a tool for their activism.

Radcliffe has also been instrumental in leading the Instagram charge as a photographer showcasing his interest in his community of Bed-Stuy and Brooklyn as a whole. The images he portrays in his “Black Portraiture” or “I Can’t Breathe” series have been the talking point of numerous forums on Instagram. He was asked to take over the New Yorker Instagram feed when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the eastern shores in October 2012. Since then, Radcliffe has been asked by New York University, the School of Visual Arts and is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University; engaging in conversations with photography students on the rise of Instagram and the changing face of photojournalism. 

Radcliffe was recently nominated as Times Magazine’s Instagram photographer of the year. His work is widely sought after for exhibitions all over the world. Most recently he was featured on the New York Times Lens Blog, at the Steven Kasher Gallery and at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Creative Lives

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In this groundbreaking anthology, the link between creativity and work is defined by a large range of people. We hear from a diverse pool of individuals, from photographers to ministers, explaining how resourcefulness, and unexpected paths, can increase job potentials. The book was put together by editor, Ed Murphy, the Executive Director of Workforce Development Institute, who has had a rich and broad career in the army, in intelligence, with Vietnam Vets in the labor movement and much more.

We have the pleasure of welcoming some of the book's writers who will make short presentations regarding their works. The list of writers includes 
photojournalist and founder of the Bronx Documentary Center, Michael Kamber; film producer, Kevin Christoffersen; novelist and poet, Esther Cohen; poet and psychotherapist, Marianela Medrano; filmmaker, Victoria Kereszi; jazz performance poet, Zigi Lowenberg; and dancer, career counselor, Patricia S. Schwadron. 
 
Copies of Creative Lives will be available to the public free of charge. Light food and refreshments to be served.

About WDI

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that uses a range of tools — including ground level information, workforce expertise, and funding — to facilitate projects that build skills and strengthen employers’ ability to hire and promote workers. Their work often fills gaps not covered by other organizations and is accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other non-profits, educational institutions, and government.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Joseph Rodriguez

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Joseph Rodriguez will discuss the work on view in his exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center, Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s. Moderated by Ed Morales.

In Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s, Joseph Rodriguez, a working-class Puerto Rican from the streets of Brooklyn, spent five years (1985-90) in Spanish Harlem, capturing a spirit of a people that survives despite the ravages of poverty, and more recently, the threat of gentrification and displacement. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Following the conversation, Joseph Rodriguez will be signing copies of his book Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s, which will be available for purchase.

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JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ is an internationally recognized documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Joseph's work has appeared in such publications as American Photo, Black&White, ESPN, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and more. He has received awards and grants from the Open Society Institute, Justice Media Fellowship,  Katrina Media Fellowship,  National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, amongst others. Author of Still Here, Flesh Life Sex, Juvenile, The New Americans, East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A, and Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s. Rodriguez teaches at New York University, and the International Center of Photography, New York. He’s also taught at universities in Scandinavia, Europe, and Mexico.

ED MORALES is a journalist who has investigated New York City electoral politics, police brutality, street gangs, grassroots activists, and the Latino arts and music scene.  He has been a Latin music Newsday columnist and longtime Village Voice contributing writer whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Jacobin, and The Nation. 

Held in conjunction with Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s by Joseph Rodriguez which is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, The Donnelley Foundation, and Ghetto Film School.  

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Resident, $10 General, 18 and under free.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

N.O.K.- Next Of Kin

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Author, Inbal Abergil, in conversation with ICP - International Center of Photography Dean Fred Ritchin, and BDC Founder/Executive Director, and conflict photojournalist, Michael Kamber. 

Abergil will present her work and sign books. N.O.K.- Next Of Kin examines the ways in which American families memorialize their relatives killed in military conflict. Abergil traveled throughout the US to meet with relatives of fallen soldiers and to document their methods of coping through the preservation of personal effects.

Small, private monuments exist in garages, basements, and storage lockers across the U.S. Families must decide which objects to keep, what to take with them or let go of when they move or as time passes.

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INBAL ABERGIL is a visual artist and an educator, originally from Jerusalem. Her photographs investigate the aesthetic and societal norms through conceptions of time, memory and place, specifically in cultures where loss is a substantial part of daily life. Her work addresses the lived experience of conflict and trauma.

FRED RITCHIN is Dean Emeritus of the ICP - International Center of Photography, serving more than 3,500 students annually in graduate, certificate, continuing education, and youth photography programs. Previously Ritchin had founded the Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism Program at the ICP School and directed it from 1983–86.

MICHAEL KAMBER has worked as a photojournalist for more than 25 years. As a writer, videographer and photographer, he covered war and conflict for The New York Times in a dozen countries. He is the founder of the Bronx Documentary Center, an educational space dedicated to positive social change through photography, writing, and film.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Resident, $10 General, 18-and-Under-Free.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non-gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

CORTES, 2014. © Inbal Abergil

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Bronx Senior Photo League

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FEATURING

Carmen Adorno | Josephine Bell | Georgia Bowen | Cruz Agrinsoni | Florence Garuba | Sadiku Garuba | Susie Hairston | Gloria Halman 
Judy Hemphill | Mary Holloway | Carmen Malave | Ana Ruiz | Pansy Wright

ON VIEW
JUN 26 - JUL 10, 2018
300 E. 138th St., Bronx, NY 10454


Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibition by the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s (BDC) documentary photo
program for older adults.

Please note this event is not held at the BDC, the address is 300 E. 138th St., Bronx, NY 10454.

The BSPL is currently in residence at the Mitchel Senior Center. For news and updates, follow the BSPL on Instagram

BSPL Instructor: Rhynna M. Santos
Teaching Assistant: Jessica Kirkham  


About the Bronx Senior Photo League

The goal of the Bronx Senior Photo League is to develop participants' skills in photography while promoting social connection and community pride. Through weekly instruction and assignments and regular field trips to such cultural institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Wave Hill, the program provides older adults challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a stronger sense of belonging and improved quality of life.

 

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by funds from the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

 

HEADER: Members of the 2018 Bronx Senior Photo League. © Jessica Kirkham

 

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Join us for Bomba, Plena y Paranda Pa' Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 11th, for relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

We will begin with a traditional Puerto Rican Parranda at 3rd Avenue and 149th Street at 6:45PM and walk up Melrose Avenue to E 151st Street and head towards the Bronx Documentary Center where we will be greeted by Bomba and Plena music for an evening of unity and fundraising.

There will be a silent auction of artwork from various artists who have graciously donated their pieces for this event.

Food and beverages will be available with 100% of all proceeds going towards the fundraiser to help the people of Puerto Rico in their darkest hour of need.

We ask for a $10 donation at the door or 1 needed supplies such as bottled water, batteries, first aid kits, gel hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, baby diapers, baby food etc. 

No donation is too big or small and no one will be turned away at this event even if you do not have $10 dollars, even $1 dollar or 50 cents will help greatly for those in need.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Carlos Villalón

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Carlos Villalón's photobook Coca: The Lost War explores coca as a sacred plant and cocaine through the failed war on drugs. This book is the result of Villalon’s sixteen years traveling through the Americas trying to understand a plant that changes men, for good or bad, and to understand why the war on drugs failed.

The book contains seventy-three images and four written essays by experts such as Ethan Nadelmann, the former director of The Drug Policy Alliance; Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist; Calixto Kuiru, a shaman from the Amazon rainforest; and Karl Penhaul, a former CNN correspondent.

Coca: La guerra perdida es un libro de fotografía que explora la trayectoria de la coca como planta sagrada hasta la cocaína y la fallida guerra contra las drogas. Villalón pasó dieciséis años viajando por las Américas tratando de entender esta planta con una historia compleja que cambia a los hombres y para entender por qué la guerra contra las drogas falló.

El libro contiene setenta y tres imágenes y cuatro ensayos escritos por expertos como Ethan Nadelmann, ex director de la The Drug Policy Alliance; Wade Davis, un etnobotánico en Harvard; Calixto Kuiru, un chamán amazónico; y Karl Penhaul, un ex corresponsal de CNN.


 

BIO

CARLOS VILLALÓN, born in Santiago, Chile (1965), studied graphic design at VIPRO university in Santiago and then photography at Parson’s New School in New York City. In 2003 he became a contributor for Redux Pictures after working several years with Getty Images news. Since then Villalon has mostly focused his work in Latin America. His work has been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Colors, Newsweek, and Nature Conservancy to name a few. Since 2000 Carlos Villalon splits his time between New York City and Bogotá. In 2004 Carlos won an honorable mention in the POYi awards for his feature in National Geographic entitled “Cocaine Country”. In 2010 he was awarded second place in the general news category in World Press photo contest for his work “Cocaine Gangs” in Medellin, Colombia.

 
CARLOS VILLALÓN, nacido en Santiago de Chile (1965), estudió diseño gráfico en la universidad VIPRO en Santiago y luego fotografía en la New School de Parson en la ciudad de Nueva York. En 2003 se convirtió en colaborador de Redux Pictures después de trabajar varios años con las noticias de Getty Images.Desde entonces, Carlos ha centrado principalmente su trabajo en América Latina siguiendo sus aspectos culturales, sociales y políticos desde el punto de vista de una planta, Coca y su contraparte, la cocaína. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en muchas revistas como National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Colors, Newsweek y Nature Conservancy. Desde el año 2000, Carlos Villalon ha dividido su tiempo entre la ciudad de Nueva York y Bogotá, Colombia. En 2004, Carlos ganó una mención de honor en los premios POYi por su trabajo "Cocaine Country", que apareció como portada en la revista National Geographic. En 2010 fue galardonado con el segundo lugar en las noticias generales en el concurso de fotografía World Press por su obra "Cocaine Gangs".

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.


Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non-gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.

 

HEADER: Indigenous people sailing in the Amazon. Colombia, 2015. © Carlos Villalón

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC's Block Party

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Celebrate the spirit of Melrose with us!  The day will include photo workshops, family-friendly art activities, music, a bounce castle, savory bites, exhibition tours, stickball games and more.

Partners:
• The Point CDC - Sun Prints activity station run by Isabel M. Figueroa, Youth Programs Coordinator at THE POINT CDC, Nestor Perez , ICP@THEPOINT Co-coordinator and Tiffany Williams, the Co-coordinator of ICP@THEPOINT.
• Lucky Pinhole - Pinhole Camera workshop taught by founder Pablo Hassmann.
• Dreamyard 

• The Mix Pop-Up Cafe - Ice Tea and Cold Brew served by founder Vernicia Colon.
• Immaculate Conception Church

Free and open to all.

This event is held in conjunction with our current exhibition Unbelonging by Osaretin Ugiagbe, on view until Aug. 13, 2017.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Rock Rubber 45s

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Please note this event is not held at the BDC.
Claremont Neighborhood Center’s basketball court, 489 E 169th St, Bronx, NY 10456

ROCK RUBBER 45s
 is a cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García. Q&A with the director, Bobbito Garcia, to follow the screening.

The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. The ballplayer/author/DJ/filmmaker has carved an independent career that has inspired millions throughout the world and has affected the growth and direction of the footwear, hip-hop, and sports industries in the process.

Film title: ROCK RUBBER 45s
Directed by: Bobbito García 

96 minutes. HD color. 
Saboteur Media/Goldcrest Films, 2018

View the trailer here


BIO

BOBBITO GARCIA NYC native and world-renowned  DJ Bobbito García is the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify  Books). The former NY Knicks/MSG  Network halftime reporter was the voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game and TV host of ESPN’s “It’s the  Shoes” series.  In 2007, Nike released seven co-designed  Air Force 1 sneakers bearing his signature. As an award-winning filmmaker,  Garcia has directed three documentaries, Doin’ It  In The Park: Pick-Up  Basketball, NYC, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed  Lives, and Rock Rubber 45s. Currently, “Kool  Bob Love” produces his tournament Full Court  21™ All World in four continents,  and co-hosts NPR’s “What’s Good With Stretch And Bobbito” podcast.

Free and open to all.



Header: © Rock Rubber 45s

 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

500 Years

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Post-screening Q & A with director Pamela Yates, producer Paco de Onís, and Cesar Yoc.

From a historic genocide trial to the ousting of a president, 500 Years ago tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to re-imagine their society .

In 500 Years , the Mayans lead Guatemala to a historical tipping point, from the genocide trial of former dictator General Rios Montt to the citizen's uprising that toppled President Otto Pérez Molina. While indigenous peoples of Guatemala are not strangers to oppression, with the recent events that took place over a tumultuous three-year span, change finally seems possible when their movement is with the general public will to end corruption.

500 Years is the third and final installment in director Pamela Yates and Skylight's epic trilogy on Mayan indigenous resistance in Guatemala, The Resistance Saga, which began with When the Mountains Tremble, followed by Granito: How to Nail to Dictator.

This screening was organized in partnership with Social Cinema @ New America.

This discussion will be moderated by Olivia Adechi, BDC Program Coordinator and Gallery Manager.

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Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con la directora Pamela Yates y el productor Paco de Onia después de la pelicula.

Desde un juicio histórico por genocidio hasta la expulsión de un presidente, 500 AÑOS narra la historia del creciente movimiento popular que se desarrolló recientemente en Guatemala, desde la perspectiva de la población indígena maya, en una coyuntura histórica que les permite re-imaginar su sociedad. 
 
En 500 AÑOS, los mayas guiaron a Guatemala a un punto de inflexión histórica, desde el juicio por genocidio del ex-dictador general Ríos Montt hasta el levantamiento ciudadano que derrocó al presidente Otto Pérez Molina. Mientras que los pueblos indígenas de Guatemala no son ajenos a la opresión, con los recientes acontecimientos que se llevaron a cabo durante un tumultuoso período de tres años, el cambio finalmente parece posible cuando su movimiento por defender sus derechos se une con la voluntad del público general para acabar con la corrupción. 
 
500 AÑOS es la tercera y última entrega de la trilogía épica cinematográfica del cineasta, la Saga de la Resistencia, que también incluye el trabajo seminal de derechos humanos de Skylight, Cuando Las Montañas Tiemblan (1982) y Granito de Arena: Cómo Atrapar a un Dictador (2011).
 
Esta proyección fue organizada en asociación con Social Cinema @ New America.

About the Panelists

PAMELA YATES is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures and currently the Creative Director of Skylight. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for her film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011).  She is the Director of the Sundance Special Jury award-winning When the Mountains Tremble; the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning Witness to War, and the Director of State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism. Yates just completed Disruption, a documentary that explores innovative strategies to reduce poverty through women’s economic empowerment in Latin America. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild of America, the Independent Documentary Association, and a Contributing Editor to NACLA: Report on the Americas.

PACO DE ONÍS grew up in several Latin American countries during a time of dictatorships. He is the Executive Director and Executive Producer of Skylight, a human rights media organization dedicated to advancing social justice through storytelling, by creating documentary films and innovative media tools applied in long-term strategies for positive social change. Paco’s film producing credits include 500 YEARS, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, Rebel Citizen, Disruption, State of Fear, and The Reckoning.

CESAR YOC is a specialist in sustainable community development and urban planning who seeks innovative solutions to improve the ecology of the urban environment. His efforts and activism aim to create better public spaces and develop housing and new businesses that respond to the needs of Bronx residents. He grew up in the South Bronx of Maya ancestry. 
 

Suggested Donation: $ 5 Bronx Resident, $ 10 General, 18 and under free

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. Our bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Stephen Ferry | La Batea

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The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes Stephen Ferry for the launch of the English version of his newest book, La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia.

Ferry made La Batea in collaboration with his sister, the cultural anthropologist Elizabeth Ferry. The book is a carefully intimate look into the lives of artisanal gold miners, their craft, and their struggles with multinational mining companies and armed groups in Colombia.

La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia is published by Red Hook Editions.
 
 
 
BIO

Since the late 1980’s, STEPHEN FERRY has worked as an international photojournalist. His photographic work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, The New Yorker, and GEO to name a few. Ferry has traveled to dozens of countries documenting issues of human rights, social and political conflict, and environmental conservation. He has produced three books: I Am Rich Potosí: The Mountain that Eats Men, Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict and La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia.


Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door. 

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

  
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Flint is a place

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Screening + Discussion T-Rex | Wednesday, May 9th, 7PM
Artist Talk: Zackary Canepari in conversation with Jessica Dimmock | Thursday, May 10th, 7PM

Flint is a place that no longer needs an introduction after this past year and it probably hasn’t needed one for the past 30 years. The city has long been the poster child for the American dream gone wrong. In a perfect world, this project would be conveying some other reality. But these ideas about Flint are accurate. Flint is a place of struggle. It’s true and everybody knows it. But that’s not all it is...

Flint is a place is a cross-platform episodic documentary series about Flint, Michigan. The project seeks to document a specific moment within this American city both as it’s perceived and experienced. The idea is not to show people some place that they don’t know. The idea is to put them in a place that they think they do know.

This project actually started with another project. T-Rex is a feature documentary about a teenage girl from Flint co-directed by myself and Drea Cooper. Claressa is her birth name and she’s a boxer. In fact she might be the best female boxer in the world.

Sports was Claressa’s ticket out of Flint. Not so much for her younger sister Briana. Briana represents everyone who has been stuck in Flint. Tough. Charismatic. Resilient. Funny. Heroic, in a sense. Fighting everyday. But stuck stuck stuck.

While the film is about Claressa and her resilience and grit, the web series looks deeper into Flint, with themes about community, kinship and poverty. Flint is a place gives viewers an even deeper dive into the systems and people within Flint, a place with a strong identity and deep scars.

What happens in Flint happens in many other urban American cities. But in Flint, it happens all at once. It’s what makes Flint so important in the national conversation. It’s been like a testing zone for American mismanagement. Eventually, something will have to change. Flint can’t go on like this. Better seems really far-fetched. Worse seems almost unimaginable. Crazy as it seems people will be there no matter what. Cause they’re proud. Or cause they’re stuck. Somewhere between those two facts is the reality. 

Created by Zackary Canepari
Transmedia producer - Liza Faktor
Art director / Graphic designer - Guillermo Brotons
Interactive designer / Developer - Frederik Delmotte
Produced by Screen 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Fran Antmann

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Documentary photographer, Fran Antmann will present work and sign her book Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams, which explores the power and mystery of ancient indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala. Antmann’s work is a testimony of a proud resurgent Maya identity. She will relate these practices to the contemporary struggle to restore these imperiled cultural traditions.

For thirty years Antmann has been documenting the lives and cultures of the Maya, Andean, Inuit, and Dene indigenous people. Her photographic work has focused on the lives and culture of the indigenous people of Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, the Dene First Nation people of the Western Canadian Arctic and the Inuit of Baffin Island, Canada. Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams was a finalist for the 2017 Lucie Photo Book Prize from the Lucie Foundation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Bio

Fran Antmann is a documentary photographer, writer, and teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited and published in New York, Texas, Peru, Mexico, France, England, and Denmark.  She has received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. Antmann teaches photography at Baruch College, CUNY where she is also photo editor of their award-winning online publication Dollars and Sense.

Suggested Donation: $5 Bronx Resident, $10 General, 18 and under free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Slideshow + BBQ

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Join us this Wednesday, September 20th, for an outdoor photo projection and party.

All are welcome. The price of admission is 25 of your best pictures on a USB drive or a six-pack of beer. Or both. Your pictures will be part of our projection for the evening.

Donations for the grill are also welcome.

© Trevon Blondet

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Architecting Community

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Location: Bronx Documentary Center, St. Mary’s Clubhouse 364 151st Street, Bronx NY 10451


On September 27th New America NYC and the New America Fellows Program invite you to participate in an exploration of how human behavior and urban life interact with and shape each other. In a two-panel, cross-sector dialogue New America National Fellows will be joined in conversation by MacArthur Fellows to consider how race, class, legal status, and other forms of marginalization inform how individuals experience the city—and the city experiences them.

Using locally-rooted stories from the speakers' own distinct fields, the conversation will shine a community-level lens on large-scale issues, observing how changes in design, technology, and law alter how we perceive our rights, define ourselves as neighbors, and seek out lasting change.

Please join us for a unique evening of art, conversation, and community-building at the Bronx Documentary Center to hear an ensemble of trailblazers discuss agency and belonging in the 21st-century city.

This event will also kick-off of the 20th anniversary year of the New America National Fellows Program. 


PARTICIPANTS


Reginald Dwayne Betts @dwyanebetts
Author, The Bastards of the Regan Era
Member, Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice
Class of 2017 Emerson Fellow, New America

Dr. Marcia Chatelain @DrMChatelain
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor
Georgetown University
History and African American Studies
Class of 2017 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America

Nikole Hannah-Jones @nhannahjones
Staff Writer, the New York Times Magazine
Class of 2017 Emerson Fellow, New America
2017 MacArthur Fellow

Sara Hendren @ablerism
Artist, Designer, and Researcher in Residence, Olin College
Principal Investigator, Sketch Model, supported by the Melon Foundation
Class of 2017 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America

Cecilia Muñoz @cecmunoz
Vice President, Policy & Technology; Director, National Network, New America
Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council, 2012-2017
2000 MacArthur Fellow

Kate Orff @KateOrff
Founder and Principal, SCAPE Landscape Architects
Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia University GSAPP
2017 MacArthur Fellow

Betsy Levy Paluck @betsylevyp
Professor of Psychology and Public Policy, Princeton University
2017 MacArthur Fellow

José A. Quiñonez @JQ_MAF
Founder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund
2016 MacArthur Fellow

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Architecting Community: A Conversation with New America National Fellows and MacArthur Fellows
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:00 PM Reception
6:30 PM Panel One
7:30 PM Panel Two

Join the conversation online by using #ArchitectingCommunity and #20Years200Fellows and by following @NAFellows@NewAmericaNYC and @macfound.

This event is presented in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Father's Day

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As part of the Bronx Documentary Center's ongoing holiday portrait series we're holding Father's Day Portraits at two different Bronx locations this year. Join us at either and receive a free print per family!


Claremont Neighborhood Center

489 E 169th St, Bronx, NY 10456
10AM - 12PM

Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
1-3PM

 

© Adi Talwar/Bronx Documentary Center

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ON VIEW
Nov. 11 - Dec. 23, 2017

ARTIST TALK
Joseph Rodriguez with Ed Morales
Saturday, December 2nd, 6PM

Shot in the mid-to-late 80s, Joseph Rodriguez's superb photographs of East Harlem bring us into the core of the neighborhood, capturing a spirit of a people that survives despite the ravages of poverty, and more recently, the threat of gentrification and displacement. 

In a now-distant landscape littered with abandoned buildings, ominous alleyways, and the plague of addiction, the residents of Spanish Harlem persevered with flamboyant style and gritty self-reliance. 

Mr. Rodriguez, himself a working-class Puerto Rican from the streets of Brooklyn, spent five years (1985-90) in “El Barrio” as the neighborhood is known. Working closely with families, residents and the neighborhood’s social institutions he attended birthdays, holy communion, funerals, demonstrations, graduations ceremonies and quiet Sunday afternoons on the block. Often, Mr. Rodriguez just hung out, spending time with his friends and waiting for a moment in time to raise his Leica. His vibrant Kodachrome images form the most powerful body of work in existence of New York’s Latino community in the bygone era of the 1980s.

Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, The Donnelley Foundation, and Ghetto Film School.

Free and open to all.

© Joseph Rodriguez
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org
 
 
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Our children's film series Docs 4 Tots returns! Bring the kids for a screening of March of the Penguins.

At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet.
 
The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Snacks will be provided.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org.
 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC's Block Party

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Come celebrate our first Latin American Foto Festival with us! 

The day will include music, food, sports, family-friendly activities and more.

4PM: Join co-curator Michael Kamber for a guided festival tour.

4:30PM: Performance by the Mazarte Dance Company inspired by traditional Mexican dances, the dance company brings folklore back to life under the leadership of NYC’s distinguished choreographer and folklorist, Martha Nora Zarate-Alvarez. Combining dance, research and indigenous art, her choreographies honor the cultural vastness of Mexico as they embody the fusion of Mexico’s old and new as part of Mazarte’s mission to preserve these dances for the community and generations to come. 
 

We're proud to partner with Bronx based small business Citizen Caravan (formerly The Mix Pop-Up Cafe) for the second year in a row! Co-founders Vernicia Colon and Pedro Medina will be serving tasty drinks.

 

This event is held in conjunction with our  Latin American Foto Festival, on view July 12 -22, 2018. Featuring work from Puerto Rico, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Free and open to all.

 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

We Like It Like That

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Post-screening conversation with legendary musicians and film subjects Joe Bataan, and Johnny Colón.

Latin boogaloo is New York City. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn. 

Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colón, and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotal moment in Latin music history, through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images. 

This discussion will be moderated by Olivia Adechi, BDC Program Coordinator and Gallery Manager.


About the panelists
Johnny Colón is a pianist, trombonist, singer and composer. He was the bandleader behind the first boogaloo hit, “Boogaloo Blues,” and, in 1968, founded the East Harlem Music School where he teaches workshops on the history of salsa and its interpretation. 

Joe Bataan is a Latin soul musician who has been influenced by two musical styles, the Latin boogaloo and African American doo-wop. He pioneered a New York Latin soul that anticipated disco and created one of the first rap records to hit the charts.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s" by Joseph Rodriguez.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

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Proyector presents: Simple Intricacy, a special evening with Nicolás Pereda.

Provoking and innovative are terms frequently used to describe Nicolás Pereda's prolific work. On this special evening, we pair two short documentaries that look at complex issues, such as loss and social class, though seemingly simple stories. As common, on this young Mexican director's work, the line between fabrication and non-fiction becomes blurry, challenging us to decode meanings and submerge in his abstract-poetic narratives, exploring the themes of friendship and work.

It's a rare occasion to see his work on the big screen -besides festivals such as Cannes and Berlin, or cinematheques and archives. We're thrilled to have Pereda in attendance for a post-screening conversation of two of his films.

The Palace (2013, 36min)
A look at the everyday life of seventeen women who live together in a large house for financial and emotional reasons. They help each other with their daily chores and train themselves for various trades in order to obtain a job. The majority of these women will become nannies, domestic workers, and private nurses for senior patients.

Interview with the Earth (2009, 23min)
A mesmerizing study of grief that traces the echoes of a child’s accidental death across the lives of his friends and their families. Pereda’s fascinating short expands the ambiguity between fiction and non-fiction explored in his features, with its non-professional cast lending the film a deep authenticity and power which is paradoxically strengthened by the film’s open acknowledgments of its own deliberate artifice.

Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the every day through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. His films have been exhibited in festivals around the world like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, Toronto, San Sebastian and New York Film Festivals and have been awarded over twenty-five international prizes. He has had more than twenty retrospectives in various festivals, cinematheques and archives around the world including Anthology Film Archives, Harvard Film Archive and the Jeonju International Film Festival.

Event presented with the support of Cinema Tropical, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Remezcla and Cinelandia USA.

Proyector is a showcase of contemporary Mexican films that despite receiving praise and recognition at international festivals, often get limited exposure in the US. The films also break away from standard commercial production conventions. The series opens a platform to discuss Mexico's diverse realities with panels of filmmakers and experts.

Curated by Mexican filmmakers and independent programmers Sebastian Diaz and Melissa Saucedo, Proyector screens in the many diverse barrios of New York City.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

João Pina + Jon Lee Anderson

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The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes award-winning photojournalist João Pina in conversation with The New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson. Pina will discuss his new book, 46750

46750 is a visual account of the last decade in Rio de Janeiro, a portrait of the so-called “wonder city,” with all its contrasts and complexities. 46,750 is the number of homicides that occurred in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area during the decade between 2007 and 2016, while Brazil hosted both the World Cup and the Olympics, an average of 13 homicides per day.

Joao Pina spent ten years on this body of work, parts of which have been published in The New Yorker, Stern Magazine, El Pais Semanal and The New York Times. The work has been awarded with Estação Imagem 2017, PDN Photo Annual 2010 and been a finalist for the Henri Nannen Preis.

 

BIO

JOÃO PINA is a freelance photographer born in Portugal in 1980. He began working as a professional photographer at age eighteen and graduated from the International Center of Photography’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program in New York in 2005. Pina’s photographs have been published in D Magazine, Days Japan, El Pais, Expresso, GEO, La Vanguardia, New York Times, New Yorker, Newsweek, Stern, Time, and Visão, among others. He is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography in New York, and a regular lecturer and teacher of photography workshops. Currently, he is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University for 2017/2018. 

JON LEE ANDERSON a staff writer, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Since then, he has covered numerous conflicts for the magazine, including those in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, and Liberia. He has also reported frequently from Latin America and the Caribbean, writing about Rio de Janeiro’s gangs, the Panama Canal, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and a Caracas slum, among other subjects, and has written Profiles of Augusto Pinochet, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, and Gabriel García Márquez. He is the author of several books, including The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from AfghanistanChe Guevara: A Revolutionary LifeGuerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World, and The Fall of Baghdad. He is the co-author, with Scott Anderson, of War Zones: Voices from the World’s Killing Grounds and Inside the League. He has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, and in 2013 he was honored with a Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. He began his career in 1979, reporting for an English-language weekly in Lima, Peru, and now regularly teaches workshops for Latin-American reporters.


FOTOEVIDENCE
was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. Photographs have not only changed people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history.

For seven years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates vision and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo. The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.



 © João Pina


Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non-gender segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Unaccompanied Children

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Over 82,000 children currently face complex deportation proceedings without counsel, a number that has doubled in the last six months. Most come from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

In immigration court, the Department of Homeland Security is represented by highly trained lawyers who will argue for the children’s removal. Without an attorney, children have less than a 10% chance of avoiding deportation. With counsel, their chance is 86%. When deportation may be a death sentence, a pro bono attorney can be a lifeline.

Ruthie Abel’s Let It Be The Dream It Used To Be documents children who arrived alone in the United States seeking refuge. The title references Langston Hughes’ 1935 poem, Let America Be America Again, challenging our conception of the American Dream. The portfolio of photos depicts some of the few children in this country that fought for their right to stay here and won.

Please join the Bronx Documentary Center for a slideshow and conversation around due process, children’s rights, and immigrant advocacy. Panelists will include photographer Ruthie Abel, South Bronx United attorney Brendan Davis, Safe Passage Project social worker York Campos, and former clients who secured the right to remain in the United States.

 

BIOS

RUTHIE ABEL is a New York-based artist, originally from North Carolina. Her photography focuses on social justice issues and is informed by her experience as legal counsel to human rights-focused organizations, including the Open Society Foundations and The Rockefeller Foundation. As a student at Columbia Law School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, her research examined the global plight of unaccompanied minors. In 2017, she received a grant from the Peter Reed Foundation in support of this work and joined Anastasia Photo as an Emerging Photographer.

BRENDAN DAVIS joined the South Bronx United (SBU) staff in 2014, although he had been volunteering with them since 2012. He is passionate about working with New York's diverse immigrant communities, and most recently was a volunteer coordinator with the Arab American Association of New York. Born and raised in Australia, Brendan received degrees in Business Management and Law from the University of Queensland.

YORK CAMPOS, is a social worker for the Safe Passage Project. Safe Passage Project addresses the unmet needs of immigrant children living in New York by providing legal representation to empower each child to pursue a safe, stable future.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org.

© Ruthie Abel 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

High School Opening Reception

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FEATURING

Justin Arroyo | Jada Arroyo | Tony Baizan | Kayla Beltran | Justin Brefo | Zarah Browne | Elisa Luna Cameron | Anastasia Cordona | Naomi Carrero | Bianca Colón | Mitchell Dennis | Fanta Diop | Cinthia Biannel Encarnacion Rodriguez | Fritzi Garcia | Alberto Garcia | Natasha Gil-Victorio | Jennifer Hernandez | Hailey Inoa | Diego Lozano | Julie Lozano | Tianna Maldonado | Shaeela Martinez | Agnes Ollivier-Yamin | Chloe Rodriguez | Ruby Simon | Janiyah Terry | Dylan Velez | Kalise Williams

 

 

Middle School Reception

Thursday, June 14th, 4-7PM

Presentations begin at 5PM

High School Reception

Friday, June 15th, 5-8PM

Presentations begin at 6PM

 

 

Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibition by the Bronx Junior Photo League, the BDC’s after-school documentary photo program for 12 to 18-year-olds. Our students have spent the past school year exploring social justice issues as they documented their communities, families and environments. On view will be photo essays and multimedia stories on Bronx activism; housing access; public housing conditions; gun violence and public safety; community leaders and more.

JustinBrefo

MitchellDennis

NaomiCarrero

 

Work by the following students will also be on view:

Marcine Barrett | Ella Calzada | Danka Clara | Ivette Diaz | Nailea Dominguez | Gabriela Encalada | Gwendolyn Golding | Yolanda Gonzalez | Alyssa Gonzalez | Nayise Gonzalez | Nyasia Lopez | Ashley Lozano | Miguelina Ludo | Justin Martinez | Emily Negron | Taina Ocasio | Kevin Reyes | Marquis Robinson | Lizbeth Vizcarrondo | Haley Wright

 

The Bronx Junior Photo League is made possible, in part, by the Citgo Foundation, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Fujifilm, the Henry Nias Foundation, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by City Council member Rafael Salamanca, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Legislature, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

All digital photos taken on cameras generously provided by Fujifilm.

 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Block Party

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Celebrate the spirit of Melrose with us! Bring your families to our second block party of the summer.

The day will include a free family portrait photobooth, sports, a paper-making workshop, bounce castle, family-friendly activities and more.

Free and open to all!

 

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The winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is First Nation photojournalist Josué Rivas for his project Standing Strong about the spiritual awakening that occurred among the people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.

The finalists are Zackary Canepari for Flint is a Place, an exploration of the challenges of life in Flint, Michigan, and 
Danielle Villasana for The Light Inside, a compelling story about the struggle of trans women in Peru.

Rivas’ work will be published in a hardbound book to be released this spring.

More on the projects:

Standing Strong | Josué Rivas
The gathering at Standing Rock was a dance between the modern and the ancestral. It was the epicenter of the awakening of humanity. For over seven months, I lived at the Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, documenting the opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. Thousands of tribal nations and allies gathered in peaceful prayer and created a worldwide movement. They called themselves Water Protectors.

Flint is a place | Zackary Canepari
For the last 5 years I have been working in Flint, Michigan on a project titled, “Flint is a place.” The project is conceived to be an immersive dive into a city that I find more layered, nuanced and important than how it’s commonly portrayed. The Flint work is comprised of portraiture, found photos and reportage and is punctuated by the intimate conversations I've had over the years with the residents.

A Light Inside | Danille Villasana
Tamara, the first trans woman I met in Lima, Peru, often told me she wasn’t going to live past 30. How could she, she’d ask, when society treats her as less than human? Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, Tamara's death this year came shortly after her 30th birthday. Through years of documenting the hardships trans women face, I’ve realized that an early death is more common than a long life. In fact, most trans women in Latin America die or are murdered before they reach 35 and the region leads the world in homicides of transgender people. 

Learn more about the FotoEvidence Book Award and the projects at fotoevidence.com.


Young man putting down tobacco, Fort Yates, ND. September, 2017. © Josué Rivas 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Daylight's 2018 Spring

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Join the BDC and Daylight to celebrate the release of Daylight's Spring 2018 photobooks!

All the books will be available for purchase at the event and the photographers will be present to discuss their projects.

Executive Order: Images of 1970s Corporate America
Susan Ressler
Executive Order is a trenchant look at corporate America, featuring portraits and office interiors shot during the 1970s in Los Angeles and the Mountain West.

 A Handful of Dust: Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Nish Nalbandian
A Handful of Dust gives a glimpse into the approximately 3 million Syrians who have fled war in their home country and are living in Turkey.

No Man’s Land: Views from a Surveillance State
Marcus DeSieno
No Man’s Land is a beguiling collection of sepia-toned natural landscapes pulled from security camera feeds.

Phantom Power
Barbara Diener
Phantom Power is a book about the intangible. Barbara Diener is fascinated by unexplained phenomena and, in this book, she has used a variety of methods to capture images that convey the ineffable qualities of human existence. 

Female
Pilar Vergara
Female strives to capture transgender women without artificial studio lighting or the irrelevance of color. While trans people are often sensationalized in the media, Pilar Vergara set out to quietly capture their individuality through intimate portraits.

Dear Shirley: A True Story
Hinda Schuman
Dear Shirley is a first-person saga of love and loss captured over more than four decades. The photographs and text contained in this diaristic account take an unflinching look at the dissolution of two marriages: Schuman’s marriage of 10 years to Jeremy, and of 27 years to Susan.

Houseraising: The Jersey Shore After Hurricane Sandy
Ira Wagner
The Jersey Shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and remains under threat from storms, erosion, and rising sea levels. Despite the overwhelming odds, people repair and rebuild their homes on this precarious land using a rudimentary elevation system. 

I Write Artist Statements
Liz Sales
This delightful little paperback consists of humorously inventive fictionalized artist statements.  

DAYLIGHT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books.

Header image: © Pilar Vergara

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

T-Rex

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Post-screening conversation with co-director Zackary Canepari, producer Sue Jaye Johnson and professional boxer Heather Hardy.

T-Rex is an intimate coming-of-­age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time ever, women’s boxing was included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. was Claressa “T­-Rex” Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor.

From Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Claressa does have one stable force in her life. Coach Jason Crutchfield has trained her since she was just a scrawny 11-­year-­old hanging out at his gym. Jason always wanted a champion, he just never thought it’d be a girl. Her relationships with her coach and her family grow tense as she gets closer to her dream. But Claressa is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.

  

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Co-Director
ZACKARY CANEPARI (USA, 1979) is a visual storyteller working in a variety of different mediums. He began his career as a photojournalist in India/Pakistan before teaming with filmmaker Drea Cooper in 2010 and launching California is a place, a documentary film series which screened at Sundance and was viewed more than two million times.

The California series created new opportunities in both the commercial space and the editorial space for Canepari’s work and led to the project that first sent him to Flint, Michigan. The documentary feature film T-Rex, also co-directed by Drea Cooper, told the story of teenage Olympic boxer and Flint native, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields. T-Rex premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS in August 2016.

Canepari then released his first monograph about Flint, titled REX, which was published by Contrasto and won Photobook of the Year at the POYi Awards. In 2016, he launched Flint is a place, a sort of version 2.0 to the California project. Flint is a place consists of reportage, short films, found photos, virtual reality, interactive maps, and archival material. Canepari’s ongoing work in Flint resulted in his first World Press Photo Award and being named as Multimedia Photographer of the Year at the POYi Awards in 2016.  


Producer

SUE JAYE JOHNSON spearheaded an unprecedented collaboration between The New York Times Magazine, NPR and WNYC to tell the story of the first women to box in the Olympics in 2012. As a part of the series, Johnson and collaborator Joe Richman of Radio Diaries gave Claressa Shields a microphone and recorder to document her journey to the Olympic Trials. ‘Teen Contender’ aired on NPR’s All Things Considered and won a Peabody Award. Over the last decade, Johnson has lived and worked in South Africa where she co-­founded Iliso Labantu, a collective of township-­based photographers. Her work is supported by Creative Capital, the NEA and OSF. She lives in NYC with her husband and two daughters.


HEATHER HARDY is a professional boxer from Brooklyn, NY and has been "fighting" to get women's boxing the visibility it deserves on national TV. Hardy currently holds two division WBC Champion Belts, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight. She trains at the World Famous Gleason’s Gym located in Brooklyn, NY which has been home to many boxing champions over the years. She trains at the World Famous Gleason’s Gym located in Brooklyn, NY which has been home to many boxing champions over the years. Outside of training, she's a single mother and a personal boxing trainer working out of Shadowbox with celebrities and business professionals.


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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Zackary Canepari

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Exhibiting artist Zackary Canepari will discuss the work on view in his exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center, Flint is a place, with photographer and filmmaker Jessica Dimmock.

Flint is a place is a cross-platform, episodic documentary series that seeks to document a specific moment within this American city in an intimate, character-driven way. The narrative is framed by the story of two sisters. Claressa, an Olympic boxing champion, and Briana, a teenage mother. Their story is punctuated by the best and worst of Flint. The water crisis on one hand, and prom on the other. Flint is a place is an opportunity for viewers to step into Flint — a place with a strong identity and deep scars.


BIO

ZACKARY CANEPARI (USA, 1979) is a visual storyteller working in a variety of different mediums. He began his career as a photojournalist in India/Pakistan before teaming with filmmaker Drea Cooper in 2010 and launching California is a place, a documentary film series which screened at Sundance and was viewed more than two million times.

The California series created new opportunities in both the commercial space and the editorial space for Canepari’s work and led to the project that first sent him to Flint, Michigan. The documentary feature film T-Rex, also co-directed by Drea Cooper, told the story of teenage Olympic boxer and Flint native, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields. T-Rex premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS in August 2016.

Canepari then released his first monograph about Flint, titled REX, which was published by Contrasto and won Photobook of the Year at the POYi Awards. In 2016, he launched Flint is a place, a sort of version 2.0 to the California project. Flint is a place consists of reportage, short films, found photos, virtual reality, interactive maps, and archival material. Canepari’s ongoing work in Flint resulted in his first World Press Photo Award and being named as Multimedia Photographer of the Year at the POYi Awards in 2016.  


JESSICA DIMMOCK
is the recipient of numerous international awards for her photography and video work, including two World Press Photo awards for short films, The Inge Morath Award from Magnum, the F Award for Concerned Photography from Forma and Fabrica, The Infinity Award for Journalist of the Year from the International Center of Photography, and The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  

She is a Sundance Edit and Story Lab Fellow, and her first feature film, The Pearl, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. She was listed as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine and was nominated for an Emmy for her work for a Doctors Without Borders short film series.  

 

Jessica began her film work when the artist Moby asked her to direct a music video for his upcoming single, "Wait For Me," and since then her clients have included HBO, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Microsoft, The UNFPA, Showtime, and PBS. She is also the director of the Netflix documentary series, Flint Town.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Bearing Witness

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The Bronx Documentary Center is proud to present a conversation about An Autobiography of Miss Wish, a collaboration between Nina Berman, a documentary photographer, and Kimberly Stevens, a survivor of sex trafficking and child pornography.

Berman and Stevens will discuss their 27-year journey, from their first meeting in London to the turbulent stages of this long-term collaborative documentary work. Over the two decades they worked together, the contours of their relationship became increasingly difficult to characterize. It evolved from that of subject and artist to friend and advocate.

Join us as we discuss the implications of their boundary-pushing documentary work and the difficult journey shared by these two collaborators. We will explore the realities of telling stories of sexual violence and abuse experienced by the most vulnerable members of our society. 

This discussion will be moderated by Olivia Adechi, BDC Program Coordinator and Gallery Manager.

 
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An Autobiography of Miss Wish is a tale about two lives intertwined, subject and photographer, working collaboratively to create a uniquely enigmatic book, which pushes the boundaries of documentary storytelling. The story traces the life of a survivor of sex trafficking and child pornography, and her struggle to find physical and emotional safety; to assert herself as an artist and narrator; and to craft a life while living in a state of flashbacks, trauma, and addiction.

The resulting book weaves together an archive of harrowing drawings depicting crime scenes and flashbacks, hospital psychiatric reports, diary entries, personal ephemera and letters and text messages between photographer and protagonist.
Kimberly Stevens is the protagonist and the book’s illustrator.

Photographed over twenty-five years in London and New York City, the story is told through multiple narrative elements including the protagonist’s vast personal archive, which was safeguarded by the photographer who assumed the role of friend and advocate.

NINA BERMAN is an acclaimed documentary photographer, filmmaker, author, and educator. She is a member of NOOR images and a professor at Columbia University School of Journalism. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post-violence trauma and resistance.  Berman’s photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Dublin Contemporary.

 
 
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Screening & Q&A with director Amber Fares. Award-winning director and cinematographer Nadia Hallgren who has worked with Michael Moore and Laura Poitras amongst others will be moderating the Q&A with the film's director Amber Fares.

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. 

Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Speed Sisters is the third screening in our 3rd Annual Women's Film Series which runs from Oct 4-14th, showcasing an incredible lineup of talented directors and award-winning documentaries.  

About the Director + Producer

AMBER FARES is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer. Her feature-length directorial debut Speed Sisters premiered at Hot Docs in 2015, where it was one of the top 20 Audience Choice Awards, and won the Audience Award at the Irish Film Institute Festival. Speed Sisters is currently playing in film festivals around the world. Amber’s continually expanding storytelling approach is driven by the belief that personal stories can best help connect audiences to important topics and issues and has worked with organizations like UNRWA, Defence for Children International and Amnesty International. Amber co-founded SocDoc Studios to produce story-driven films that explore social issues. 

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Join us for an evening with Teju Cole (writer, photographer, and critic at The New York Times Magazine) and Zun Lee (photographer, physician, and educator) as they reflect on their itinerant and polymathic careers. 
 
 
Cole and Lee will trade their favorite photographs and examine how the production and consumption of images shape conversations about the intersections of visual culture, social justice, and artistic practice.
 
 
 
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ZUN LEE is an award-winning Canadian photographer, physic, an and educator. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He is the current Art Gallery of Ontario Artist in Residence and a 2015 Magnum Foundation Fellow. His focus on the importance of quotidian Black life has led to publications and mentions in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New Yorker, HuffPostMSNBC, Washington Post, Forbes, and Smithsonian Magazine. His exhibition Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood brings into focus the narratives of real fathers as caretakers, interrogating and dispelling stereotypes of Black masculinity and absent fathers.
 
TEJU COLE was born in the US in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two works of fiction: Every Day Is for the Thief, which was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times; and Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award. His most recent books are the critically acclaimed essay collection Known and Strange Things and the synthesis of lyric and photography, Blind Spot. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and the photography critic for The New York Times Magazine.
  
 
 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Open Show NYC

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Join us for a wonderful night of film and photography at the BDC hosted by Open Show NYC. The event will feature five curated presentations from individuals with varied media backgrounds. Each presenter will either share a 20 image story or a 3-8 minute multimedia/film project

Presenters:
Jessica Earnshaw | Aging in Prison
George Etheredge | Walmart Parking Lots
Dany Krom | Mater Saltu
Jackie Neale | Mexico-US: An Immigration Oral History
Cinthya Santos-Briones | Life in Sanctuary

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Colectivo +1 Workshop

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The BDC is organizing an editing workshop in collaboration with Colectivo +1 from Colombia. Colectivo +1 will walk participants through the editing process and the hands on training will be complemented with reflections on how to structure and disseminate photography projects. The workshop instructors will use their extensive experience to discuss the different stages that accompany the publishing of a photographic project. The workshop will also feature discussions of Latin American photography and presentations of photobooks/projects by Colectivo +1 members: "Lucía" by Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo, "Dulce y Salada" by Jorge Panchoaga and "Llano" by Juanita Escobar.

Participants are expected to bring a work in development or finished projects. Works can be printed or digital. Please bring your own laptop if you plan on working from digital files.

El BDC está organizando un taller en edición en colaboración con Colectivo+1 de Colombia. La formación práctica va a ser complementada con reflexiones sobre la estructuración y la difusión de proyectos fotográficos. El taller también incluirá discusiones sobre fotografía latinoamericana y presentaciones de fotolibros/proyectos realizados por los miembros de Colectivo +1: “Lucía” de Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo, “Dulce y Salada” de Jorge Panchoaga y “Llano” de Juanita Escobar.

Se espera que los participantes traigan para trabajar sobre un proyecto en desarrollo o terminado. Los trabajos pueden ser impresos o digitales. Por favor traiga su propio ordenador portátil si usted planea trabajar desde archivos digitales.

 

Light food and refreshments will be provided.
This workshop is being provided free of charge. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.


COLECTIVO+1

Colectivo +1 is a photo collective of 5 Colombian photographers: Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo, Juanita Escobar, Federico Pardo and Jorge Panchoaga. Their goal is to seek out and foster collaborations between photographers from different collectives and institutions -the “+1”- in order to develop and produce powerful photographic experiences.

Since 2014 Colectivo +1 has been producing 20FOTÓGRAFOS, one of Latin America’s most innovative and impactful photo workshops.

20FOTÓGRAFOS is an intensive educational experience aimed to rethink and reinvigorate photo education and the creative processes behind photo production. 20FOTÓGRAFOS is an 8-day immersive experience that brings together photo editors, instructors and students from all over Latin America, in order to create the ideal scenario to build and strengthen collaborative networks; to exchange and debate ideas around contemporary photography; to create individual and collaborative projects; and to work alongside local communities and leave behind valuable resources. 20FOTÓGRAFOS is a photo camp/retreat in which the participants are encouraged to break away from the industry norms and develop strong interpersonal and collaborative relationships. www.20fotografos.com

 

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo
@escobart
Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo studied architecture at the National University of Colombia. He received an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He’s a member of Colectivo +1, CROMA, FUJIFILM’s X-Photographer. Escobar-Jaramillo has exhibited in over 90 individual and group exhibitions including, Fototeca de Cuba, 42 Salón Nacional de Artistas, #20FotógrafosAmazonas/Tlacotalpan, DRCLAS-Harvard University and MIT. He was a TED speaker and worked at Villegas Editores for 5 years. He designs photobooks in his free time. His new book Colombia, tierra de luz is set to be published at the end of 2018. He has run workshops for Zona Cinco, NatGeoStudentExpeditions, Banco de la República, Don Bosco, Taller de Fotografía Roberto Mata and designs photobooks for other photographers when he has time.

Jorge Panchoaga
@jorgepanchoaga
Panchoaga is an anthropologist and a photographer. His work deals with questions of identity, memory, language and the relationship between human beings and the environment. His work has been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, L'oeil de la Photographie, El País Spain, among others. He was awarded second place at POYLatam in 2017 and won Emerging Talent Award of Lens Culture in 2016. In 2015 he was nominated for the World Press Photo Latin America Masterclass. He is the co-founder of Colectivo +1 and CROMA Taller Visual. Panchoaga is currently an X-Photographer for FUJIFILM.

Juanita Escobar
@juanitafotografa
Juanita Escobar is a self-taught photographer, winner of the Colombian National Photography Prize in 2009 with her work People – Land, exhibited in the Santa Clara Museum, Bogotá, and co-author of the book, Silences: A plain of Women published by Número in 2009. She was awarded the Crea Digital scholarship by the Ministry of Culture and Technologies in Colombia for her e-book, El llano a ras de cielo. In 2015, Escobar was selected for the World Press Masterclass Latin America in Mexico. In 2016 she won the Portfolio Review Prize from National Geographic Society for her 9 year long body of work, Llano. In 2017 the Peruvian publisher house KWY published Llano. Later that same year she was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. This year, she was awarded the Magnum Foundation Fund for her ongoing project Orinoco, Women’s Journal. She has been a member of the Colombian photography collective Colectivo +1 since 2016.

 

Header: © Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Hondros

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Post-screening conversation with director Greg Campbell, New York Times photojournalist Todd Heisler and founder of The Chris Hondros Fund Christina Piaia. Moderated by BDC co-founder/Executive Director and photojournalist Michael Kamber.

Two-time Pulitzer finalist Chris Hondros was one of the best conflict photographers of his generation, having covered practically every major world event of his adult life. Beginning with the war in Kosovo in 1999, Chris served as witness to more than a decade of strife and conflict before he was killed in combat in Libya in April 2011.

Hondros director and childhood friend Greg Campbell takes viewers on a global journey to meet those in Chris's most influential photos, and to uncover their little-known backstories.

 


BIOS

GREG CAMPBELL is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He met Chris Hondros when he was 14. They worked together in Kosovo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and in Libya in the days before Chris's death.

TODD HEISLER is currently a staff photographer for The New York Times. While at the Rocky Mountain News, Heisler was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for "Final Salute," a series of photographs, taken over the course of a year, profiling the funerals of Marines who died in the war and the work of then Major Steve Beck, who is responsible for notifying the family members of the Marine's death. Heisler was also a member of the Rocky Mountain News team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of wildfire season in Colorado. In September 2010, he won an Emmy as a member of the New York Times "One in 8 Million" team.

CHRISTINA PIAIA
is a public interest attorney practicing in New York. Prior to law school, Christina worked as a supervising picture editor for The Associated Press. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry and a Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in international women’s human rights. As a dedicated and passionate public interest attorney, Christina proudly serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations. Piaia founded The Chris Hondros Fund, which was established to honor American Pulitzer Prize finalist photojournalist Chris Hondros.

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Visualizing Criminal Justice

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The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections, and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors, and defenders.

The Bronx Documentary Center and the Marshall Project are proud to present a video exploration and discussion of this timely subject. Jenny Carchman will present a collection of short videos from the Marshall Project’s We Are Witnesses, a video exploration of our criminal justice system. The video series features twenty people telling their stories — a crime victim, a corrections officer, a judge, a formerly incarcerated woman, a parent, a child, a district attorney and more. 

Joseph Rodríguez, acclaimed photographer and author of Juvenile, will present work from his multimedia project on reentry in Los Angeles. RodrÍguez’s project focuses on residents of Walden House, a drug and alcohol transitional treatment center that has been operating in California for over 40 years. Walden House has various residential and outpatient facilities throughout California, including in-custody treatment programs and services for people transitioning back into their communities.

Jenny Carchman's We Are Witnesses takes a deeper look at the faces behind the complex and highly-flawed criminal justice system. 

For his project “Reentry in Los Angeles” documentary photographer Joseph Rodríguez worked with Walden House to produce photographs and interviews of its residents. During his time there, he witnessed various programs set-up to help residents recover and change their lives.

About the Panelists

JENNY CARCHMAN has made documentaries for both theatrical release and broadcast television, including PBS’s “Frontline,” “American Masters” and “American Experience,” as well as programming for HBO. Carchman helped produce documentary films for Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese (Public Speaking and George Harrison: Living in the Material World). She is the director of Enlighten Us (Mountainfilm 2016) and also directed the HBO documentary One Nation Under Dog. In addition to producing and directing films, Carchman serves on the board of directors of the Ghetto Film School.

JOSEPH RODRÍGUEZ is an internationally recognized documentary photographer. In 2001 his website Juvenile Justice appeared in cooperation with Human Rights Watch and Pixelpress, exploring the lives of five adolescents and their struggle with the California criminal justice system. His project, Juvenile focusing on youthful offenders in Silicon Valley, was published by PowerHouse Books in 2004. Joseph teaches at New York University, and the International Center of Photography, New York. He has also taught at universities in Scandinavia, Europe, and Mexico.

CARROLL BOGERT is the first-ever president of the Marshall Project. Bogert, who previously served as Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Human Rights Watch and before that, as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Marshall Project, which covers criminal justice issues in the United States.

About the Marshall Project

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal-justice system. They use award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets will be available at the door.

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The final screening of our 3rd Annual Women's Film Series which runs from Oct. 4-14th, showcasing an incredible lineup of talented directors and award-winning documentaries.  

Award-winning Cameraperson draws on footage shot over the course of 25 years, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson searches to reconcile her part in the thorny questions of permission, power, creative ambition, and human obligation that come with filming the lives of others.

We're proud to partner with POV for this screening.

About the Director
Kirsten Johnson is an award-winning New York-based documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. Johnson, whose widely acclaimed directorial debut Cameraperson won top prize at the Cinema Eye Honors, has worked with a wide range of filmmakers, artists, and journalists, including Michael Moore and Laura Poitras.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General, Free for 18-and-under. 
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Zun Lee’s Father Figure interrogates stereotypes about Black father absence and situates them in a broader context of pathologized black community. Lee’s photographs present images of black father presence that don’t mirror the statistics and myth of the nuclear American family. What are the realities of fatherhood, particularly black fatherhood, that are hard to categorize and quantify in this day and age?

Join the Bronx Documentary Center for a candid conversation about black fatherhood. The event will feature black men — primarily fathers — who will discuss their personal experiences with fatherhood and how these differ or align with community and societal perceptions. The goal of this event is to initiate and facilitate honest dialogue about the diverse and complex realities of black fatherhood.

Please note while all are welcome to participate in this event, we will prioritize hearing from the panel members, and members of the community.

Food and refreshments to be served.

 

Panelists:

SHAWN DOVE serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys.

LANDON DAIS is an attorney, a political strategist, a project manager and a public speaker. Dais is the Political Affairs Manager and Compliance Manager for MedMen’s New York operations. He also runs a group called Brunch of Dads. The members participate in a monthly brunch where all the fathers and kids come together to break bread, share stories, and offer support to one another. Brunch of Dads is currently made up of 15 dads and their 18 kids.

JOEL L. DANIELS is a storyteller, born and raised in the Bronx. He was the recipient of the Bronx Council of the Arts BRIO Award for poetry, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, CNN, and BBC Radio to name a few.

ROBERT "BOB' MCCULLOUGH JR. is an executive producer and works in human services development. Bob has designed youth and community programs in New York City with focuses on education and professional development that has reached hundreds of students and adults. He also the co-founder of The Fatherhood Image Film Festival, The Global Summer Invitational and Legends Summer Camp.McCoulough Jr. produced #Rucker50 and The Real Rucker Park Legends.


 

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Crime + Punishment

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Held in partnership with Social Cinema @ New America. 

A post-screening panel discussion with director Stephen Maing, NYPD officer Richie Baez, film subjects Pedro Hernandez and his mother Jessica Perez, and The Bronx Defenders attorney Karume James will be moderated by New York Times Metro reporter Ashley Southall. 

Crime + Punishment chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. 

A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, Crime + Punishment examines the United States' most powerful police department through the brave efforts of a group of active duty officers and one unforgettable private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.

 

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Director, Producer
STEPHEN MAING is an Emmy-nominated Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life, chronicled the gripping story of two of China's first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship and was broadcast nationally on PBS. His short film, The Surrender, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. He has directed numerous films for Time Magazine, The Nation, New York Times, The Intercept, PBS and Field of Vision including the Times Documentary Hers to Lose which was awarded a World Press Photo Award for Long Features. Stephen is a Sundance Institute Fellow and recipient of the International Documentary Association's inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow. His most recent film Crime + Punishment was filmed over four years and received a Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

NYPD

RICHIE BAEZ has been an NYPD police officer for 14 years and is a member of the NYPD 12.


JESSICA PEREZ and her son PEDRO HERNANDEZ are film subjects in Stephen Maing’s documentary Crime + Punishment which follows Hernandez’s unlawful detainment at Riker’s Island for attempted murder. He was held in the jail for 8 months on a $250,000 bail for a crime that was later dismissed without trial.

The Bronx Defenders

KARUME JAMES is currently a staff attorney with The Bronx Defenders in the Criminal Defense Practice, where he has represented hundreds of low-income clients charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses. Karume received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow, Associate Research Editor for the Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law & Policy, a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Division, and a recipient of the Regina Crea Memorial Prize at graduation for the most devoted and disinterested service during law school.  Karume began his career as a grassroots organizer, first representing nearly 1,000 unionized healthcare workers at UCLA Hospital, and later as a lead community organizer in South Central Los Angeles and the South Bronx, where he led advocacy campaigns to hold police accountable, increase youth recreational programming to reduce rates of crime and violence, and build community-based resident leadership. Karume remains actively involved in community-based and civic leadership organizations.  He is currently a board member with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and the co-chair of the Community Service Committee, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, and was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow.  Karume holds a B.A. in African American Studies with a concentration in Psychology from UCLA.

ASHLEY SOUTHALL is a criminal justice reporter at The New York Times. A graduate of Howard University, she was part of a team at The Times that examined the driving forces behind murders in the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx. She previously covered breaking news events like the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the Charleston church massacre, and she worked as a news assistant contributing to coverage of Washington under President Barack Obama. Her current journalistic interests include domestic violence, police discipline, bail reform and the effort to close the Rikers Island jail complex.

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512. 

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The first screening of our 3rd Annual Women's Film Series kicks off with (T) ERROR followed by a post-screening Q&A with co-director Lyric R. Cabral. The Women's Film Series showcases an incredible lineup of talented directors and award-winning documentaries running from October 4-14th, 2017.

(T) ERROR is the story of a 62-year-old Black Panther-turned counterterrorism informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is the first film to document a covert terrorism sting as it unfolds.

This discussion will be moderated by Olivia Adechi, BDC Program Coordinator and Gallery Manager.

About the Co-Director
Lyric R Cabral is a photojournalist, filmmaker, and cinematographer documenting stories seldom seen in mainstream media. Her verité works explore the intersections of race, religion, and surveillance in the United States. (T)ERROR, her first feature-length documentary, co-directed with David Felix Sutcliffe, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General, Free for 18-and-under.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Films Fellowship Program

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BDC FILMS ONE-YEAR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The BDC Films Fellowship Program invites traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers to participate in a free year-long documentary filmmaking fellowship at the BDC. Learn more about the fellowship, and application requirements here.

APPLICATION WORKSHOP
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an application workshop in the BDC's gallery on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 11AM-1PM.

FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2018 by 11:59PM EST. 
Download the application here.

Contact BDC Films Program Manager Giacomo Francia at giacomo@bronxdoc.org for more information.

 

ABOUT BDC FILMS
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) created BDC Films in response to the lack of support for traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers in the Bronx, as well as the changes in storytelling professions that require a broader skill set for potential employment in creative industries. Learn more about BDC Films here. 

BDC Films receives support from the Ford Foundation and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Kadir van Lohuizen

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Join the Bronx Documentary Center as we are joined by great multimedia photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen. Van Lohuizen will discuss and present work from two recent projects, wasteland and his project on rising sea levels.

 

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KADIR VAN LOHUIZEN is a Dutch multimedia photojournalist and a co-founder of NOOR. He has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. Van Lohuizen has published many acclaimed monographs, among them, Diamond Matters, the diamond industry and the Via PanAm. He has received numerous prizes and awards including two World Press Photo awards. 

NOOR Agency is a collective of independent documentary photographers, pooling their strengths and committed to working independently to make an impact on world views and opinions through photography.  

 

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org 

 

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The Bronx Documentary Center is proud to present an evening of screenings and conversation with filmmaker Garland McLaurin and visual artist Zun Lee. McLaurin and Lee will discuss their joint focus on illuminating the everyday challenges of African American fatherhood through their respective projects.

Garland McLaurin will show a selection of POPS, his 11-part web series that addresses the reality and challenges of 21st-century parenthood for African American fathers. 

Zun Lee will present the motivation and story behind his "Father Figure" project. Both artists will discuss their respective journeys, as well as their motivation for telling these stories.

POPS is a documentary web series that addresses the reality and challenges of 21st-century parenthood for African American fathers. The media narrative of the deadbeat black father is generally accepted as a fact of life for African American children. Buried beneath these assumptions are the facts of black fatherhood that dispel some of those stereotypes.

The web series follows the parenting experiences of Shaka Senghor, La Guardia Cross Jr., and the Stroman-Inniss family during the course of a year. Each father explores the universal themes of responsibility, nurturing and love. They differ in personalities, socioeconomic backgrounds and struggles but share the collective experience of fatherhood. Their stories serve to reflect the reality of black fathers in the United States.

The discussion will be moderated by Olivia Adechi, BDC Program Coordinator and Gallery Manager. 

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GARLAND MCLAURIN is a Peabody-Award winning filmmaker; His web series POPS explores fatherhood for African American men, and was funded by ITVS Digital and National Black Programming Consortium. He co-directed/produced the Peabody-winning documentary series,180 Days a Year Inside an American High School and Hartsville that aired on PBS. He served as co-cinematographer on Wes Moore’s Coming Back documentary series, highlighting veterans, and for award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen's The New Black (Independent Lens), which explores the fight for marriage equality in the African American community.

ZUN LEE is an award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. He is the current Art Gallery of Ontario Artist in Residence and a 2015 Magnum Foundation Fellow. His focus on the importance of quotidian Black life has led to publications and mentions in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Washington Post, Forbes, and Smithsonian Magazine. His exhibition Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood brings into focus the narratives of real fathers as caretakers, interrogating and dispelling stereotypes of Black masculinity and absent fathers.

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

John Moore

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The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes Getty Images special correspondent John Moore for the launch of his new book, Undocumented. Since 2010 Moore has been laser-focused on the issue of immigration to the United States. Moore’s exclusive access to immigrants on all points of their journey, ICE agents, Border Patrol agents, the USCIS and dozens of NGOs here and abroad sets his photographs apart from all other work on the controversial subject. Join us for this event where Moore will show images and discuss what he learned working on this decade long project.

El Bronx Documentary Center le da la bienvenida al corresponsal especial de Getty Images, John Moore, para el lanzamiento de su nuevo libro, Undocumented. Desde 2010, Moore se ha concentrado en el tema de la inmigración a los Estados Unidos. Su acceso exclusivo a inmigrantes, agentes de ICE, agentes de la patrulla fronteriza, el USCIS y docenas de ONG aquí y al extranjero diferencian sus fotos a los otros trabajos fotográficos sobre este tema pertinente. Ven a este evento durante el cual Moore mostrará imágenes y analizará lo que aprendió trabajando en este proyecto durante una década.

 


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JOHN MOORE  is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. He has photographed in 65 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for 17 years, first to Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt and Pakistan. He returned to the U.S. a decade ago and has focused on immigration and border security issues. Moore has won top awards throughout his career, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, World Press Photo honors, the John Faber Award and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club, Photographer of the Year from Pictures of the Year International, the NPPA and Sony World Photography Organization. Moore is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied Radio-Television-Film. He lives with his family in Stamford Connecticut.

JOHN MOORE  es fotógrafo principal y Corresponsal Especial de Getty Images. Ha fotografiado en 65 países en seis continentes y estuvo basado durante 17 años en el extranjero, primero en Nicaragua, luego en India, Sudáfrica, México, Egipto y Pakistán. Regresó a los Estados Unidos hace una década y se enfocó a cubrir temas de inmigración y seguridad fronteriza. Moore ha ganado importantes premios de fotografía a lo largo de su carrera, incluidos el Premio Pulitzer del 2005 por Breaking News Photography, honores de World Press Photo, el Premio John Faber y la Medalla de Oro Robert Capa del Overseas Press Club, Fotógrafo del Año de Pictures of the Year International, del NPPA y de Sony World Photography Organization. Moore se graduó de la Universidad de Texas en Austin, donde estudió Radio-Televisión- Cine. Él vive con su familia en Stamford Connecticut.


© John Moore

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Hunted in Sudan

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Post-screening conversation with journalist Phil Cox, Sudanese author Daoud Hari, producer Giovanni Stopponiand, and Program Coordinator for Committee to Protect Journalists Nicole Schilit.

In December 2016, freelance journalist Phil Cox and Darfuri author Daoud Hari were abducted and sold to the Sudanese government while traveling around the country to film an investigation into human rights abuses. 

Both filmmakers devised ways to survive captivity and interrogations. Finally, after concerted efforts by the UK and US governments, they were released in early 2017. The resulting story tells of an attempt by two driven journalists, one English and one Sudanese, to report in today’s Darfur. 

Their journey reveals their friendship and commitment to continue filming in the face of great adversity and risk. Through innovative animations and testimonies, this documentary offers an insight into a hidden Sudan where the government hunts independent voices and uses systematic torture and imprisonment on both its citizens and foreign journalists. This great documentary is the first independent report out of Darfur for many years.

We are proud to partner with the Committee to Protect Journalists for this event.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Raising Bertie

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Post-screening Q&A with the director of photography and producer Jon Stuyvesant. Moderated by Stacy-Ann Ellis.

In the quietly powerful Raising Bertie, three black boys in North Carolina's rural Bertie County come of age right before our eyes. Filmed over six years, they deal with the same issues that every boy approaching the leap to manhood faces--and others triggered by their specific and often precarious conditions. As the quote from James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son that opens the film puts it, "I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also so much more than that. So are we all."

Raising Bertie opens windows into three young men's lives: Reginald "Junior" Askew, a charismatic young man looking for direction; Davonte "Dada" Harrell, a quiet teen who likes to cut hair and care for his nephew; and David "Bud" Perry, who has a quick-temper and takes pride in being a sharp dresser. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men's narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity.

The film was made over seven years by debut director Margaret Byrne (a cinematographer on "American Promise") through Kartemquin Films. Grammy-nominated hip-hop star J. Cole, who was raised in North Carolina, is the film's executive producer and contributed music through his Dreamville label.
 

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JON STUYVESANT has been working in documentary film for over a decade and has also worked on a host of doc-based television programs for a wide variety of networks including OWN, TLC and A&E. He was a director of photography for Emmy nominated American Promise. Jon earned a BFA in Film & Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003, which is where he met his longtime friend and creative partner Margaret Byrne, director of Raising Bertie.
 
STACY-ANN ELLIS is a New York-based writer, editor and photographer. Aside from being Assistant Editor for VIBE, she has print and digital bylines in EBONYCosmopolitan, Eater, ILY magazine, Rookie magazine, The Root and The Washington Post. Stacy-Ann is a proud alumna of Howard University's School of Communications.
 
 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door. 

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512 or email olivia@bronxdoc.org
 
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FEATURING

Justin Arroyo | Jada Arroyo | Tony Baizan | Kayla Beltran | Justin Brefo | Zarah Browne | Elisa Luna Cameron | Anastasia Cordona | Naomi Carrero | Bianca Colón | Mitchell Dennis | Fanta Diop | Cinthia Biannel Encarnacion Rodriguez | Fritzi Garcia | Alberto Garcia | Natasha Gil-Victorio | Jennifer Hernandez | Hailey Inoa | Diego Lozano | Julie Lozano | Tianna Maldonado | Shaeela Martinez | Agnes Ollivier-Yamin | Chloe Rodriguez | Ruby Simon | Janiyah Terry | Dylan Velez | Kalise Williams

 

 

Middle School Reception

Thursday, June 14th, 4-7PM

Presentations begin at 5PM

High School Reception

Friday, June 15th, 5-8PM

Presentations begin at 6PM

 

 

Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibition by the Bronx Junior Photo League, the BDC’s after-school documentary photo program for 12 to 18-year-olds. Our students have spent the past school year exploring social justice issues as they documented their communities, families and environments. On view will be photo essays and multimedia stories on Bronx activism; housing access; public housing conditions; gun violence and public safety; community leaders and more.

TonyBaizan

MitchellDennis

NaomiCarrero

 

Work by the following students will also be on view:

Marcine Barrett | Ella Calzada | Danka Clara | Ivette Diaz | Nailea Dominguez | Gabriela Encalada | Gwendolyn Golding | Yolanda Gonzalez | Alyssa Gonzalez | Nayise Gonzalez | Nyasia Lopez | Ashley Lozano | Miguelina Ludo | Justin Martinez | Emily Negron | Taina Ocasio | Kevin Reyes | Marquis Robinson | Lizbeth Vizcarrondo | Haley Wright

 

The Bronx Junior Photo League is made possible, in part, by the Citgo Foundation, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Fujifilm, the Henry Nias Foundation, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by City Council member Rafael Salamanca, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Legislature, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

All digital photos taken on cameras generously provided by Fujifilm.

 
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Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville

A conversation about the attacks on press freedom in Mexico with Alexandra Ellerbeck, Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) North America program coordinator, Mexican photojournalist Emmanuel Guillen Lozano, Ginger Thompson, senior reporter at ProPublica, and investigative reporter Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul.

This conversation will touch on Mexico becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, with levels of violence unmatched by any country in the Western hemisphere. With extensive research from CPJ and Lozano’s personal insight on what it is like to work in this life-threatening atmosphere, this conversation will shed light on Mexico’s press climate.


PANELISTS


ALEJANDRA IBARRA CHAOUL is a bilingual investigative reporter, magazine writer, and researcher based in New York City. She has bylines in Worcester Magazine, The Haitian Times, FreePress Houston, Nexosand Horizontal. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and Univision. In 2014, she was selected as one of the 10 most promising young writers in Mexico for "Balas y Baladas" and in 2017 she was a finalist in "Nuevas Plumas," an international magazine writing contest. Currently, she is a fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation where she is building an archive that will cull together the lives and works of journalists killed in Mexico. 

ALEXANDRA ELLERBECK, Committee to Protect Journalist's North America program coordinator, previously worked at Freedom House and was a Fulbright teaching fellow at the State University of Pará in Brazil. She has lived in Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.

GINGER THOMPSON served as the Mexico City bureau chief for both The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. While at the Times, she covered Mexico’s transformation from a one-party state to a fledgling multi-party democracy and parachuted into breaking news events across the region, including Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela. For her work in the region, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer’s Gold Medal for Public Service. She won the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, an InterAmerican Press Association Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award. Thompson was also part of a team of national reporters at The Times that was awarded a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for the series, “How Race is Lived in America.”

EMMANUEL GUILLÉN LOZANO is an independent documentary photographer currently based in New York City. His photographic work focuses on social issues, human rights and the effects of violence.

 

Held in conjunction with our exhibition Attacks on the Press | Mexico which will be on view at Photoville. This exhibition features work by Félix Marquez, Emmanuel Guillén Lozano, Francisco Robles and Mauricio Palos. More information available here.

 HEADER: © Emmanuel Guillén Lozano

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—IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELED


Join exhibiting Trump Revolution: Immigration photographers Kholood Eid, Cinthya Santos-Briones, and Griselda San Martin as they share their insight on documenting immigration under the Trump administration.  Moderated by Caitlin Dickerson, a national immigration reporter for The New York Times. 

About the Exhibition
Through photos, words and multimedia, the BDC exhibition, Trump Revolution: Immigration, documents the current president's overturning of decades of American immigration policy and law, and its profound effects on American society and the lives of millions of immigrants. The exhibition is curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera, and Executive Director Michael Kamber. On view until March 29th, 2020.  

 

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CAITLIN DICKERSON is a national immigration reporter based in New York. Since joining The Times in 2016, she has broken news about changes in deportation and detention policy, and profiled the lives of immigrants, including those without legal status. She frequently appears as a guest on "The Daily" podcast, and has filled in as its host. For The New York Times Magazine, she wrote about the real-life impact of fake news on a small town in Idaho that was turned upside down by anti-refugee rumors that were elevated nationally by Facebook accounts linked to the Russian government and people who went on to hold key roles in the Trump administration. Before joining The Times, she was an investigative reporter for N.P.R., where her work was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She was also a finalist for the Livingston Award. As a result of her investigation into secret mustard gas experiments conducted on American troops by the United States military, a law was passed in 2017 to provide test subjects compensation for their injuries

 

KHOLOOD EID is a documentary photographer working with stills, audio, video, writing, and editing. She is also an educator, having taught photography to a group of preteens at an after-school program through the Bronx Documentary Center for several years as well as graduate students at New York University and Columbia University. Prior to living in New York City, she was a coordinator at Pictures of the Year International. Eid is interested in exploring the nuances of individual and group identity, the concept of “Home,” the ever-shifting social and political makeup of the Middle East, gender-based issues, the spectrum of mental illness and the aftermath of trauma. Her clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New Yorker, CNN, ACLU, NPR and others. In 2018, she was named one of PDN’S 30 New and Emerging Photographers To Watch.

CINTHYA SANTOS-BRIONES is a Mexican photographer, anthropologist, ethnohistorian and community organizer based in New York. Her multimedia work uses a collaborative approach to tell stories about homeland, immigration, memory, (indigenous) identity, and self-representation through an interdisciplinary process that uses photography, ethnography, (archives) history, drawings and audiovisual and written narratives. For ten years Cinthya worked as a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History focused on issues on indigenous migration, codex, textiles and traditional medicine. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Magnum Foundation (2016/2018), En Foco (2017), National Geographic Research and Exploration (2018), We Woman (2019) and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts of México (2009/2011). Her work has been published in The New York Times, PDN, La Jornada, California Sunday Magazine, Vogue, Open Society Foundations, Buzzfeed, The Intercept and The Nation Magazine, among others. Cinthya is co-author of the book The Indigenous Worldview and its Representations in Textiles of the Nahua community of Santa Ana Tzacuala, Hidalgo; and the documentary, The Huichapan Codex. Cinthya has worked in pro-immigrant organizations in New York as a community organizer and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

GRISELDA SAN MARTIN is a Spanish documentary photographer currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder. San Martin has documented the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing on the issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights abuses through an optic of identity and belonging. Her photography and video projects have been exhibited internationally and featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and California Sunday Magazine as well as other publications.


PHOTO: Dulce Carvajal (on the left) balancing on the rail of the Chapel inside Holyrood Church with her sister Daniela (on the right), while their brother David sobs for not being able to get on as a trapezist with them.

Dulce Carvajal (a la izquierda) balanceándose en la barandilla de la Capilla dentro de la Iglesia Holyrood con su hermana Daniela (a la derecha), mientras su hermano David llora por no ser capaz de ser un trapeciasta  como ellas. © Cinthya Santos-Briones

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Women's Film Series | RBG

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Our 4th Annual Women's Film Series will showcase movies made by women filmmakers. This year, the documentaries we've curated focus on trailblazing women.
 
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career.
 
Post-screening Q&A with RBG director Betsy West.
 
 
 
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BETSY WEST is a filmmaker, journalist and professor. She co-directed RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films 2018,) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is a 21-time Emmy Award winner for her work as an ABC News producer and EP of the documentary series Turning Point. As Vice President at CBS News from 1998 to 2005, she oversaw 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. She was executive producer of the MAKERS (AOL & PBS) documentary and digital series, the documentary The Lavender Scare, and the short doc The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Epix). She is the Fred W. Friendly professor at Columbia Journalism School.
 
Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.

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Join the BDC for the launch of the reissue of Dennis Stock’s iconic photobook California Trip by Anthology Editions, and the screening of Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock, Hanna Maria Sawka's film about Stock, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and Magnum Photos' Michael D. Shulman.

Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock is a 2011 American biographical documentary film, written, produced and directed by Hanna Sawka Hamaguchi. The film chronicles the personal and professional life of photographer Dennis Stock. It is narrated by Stock himself and was completed before his death in 2010. The film shone light on Stock's different aspects of life including his classroom at the Omega Institute, where he taught a master class of photography before his death.

In 1968, Magnum photographer Dennis Stock took a 5-week road trip along the California highways, documenting the height of the counterculture hippie scene. These black and white photos were compiled to create California Trip, originally published in 1970, and became an emblem of the free love movement that continued to inspire throughout the decades.

 

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DENNIS STOCK
was a celebrated American photographer, noted for his photo essays. His portfolio had a massive range and included many timeless pieces of work such as the free love movement of California, jazz, nature, and portrait work of icons such as James Dean and Billie Holiday. His photography has been exhibited all over the world, and his photos are part of many major museum collections. He won first prize in both Life’s Young Photographers Contest in 1951 and the International Photo Competition in Poland in 1962. Stock passed away in 2010. 

HANNA  SAWKA Daughter of a psychologist and an acclaimed artist, Hanna Sawka Hamaguchi was born in communist Poland in 1975. Soon after her birth, the family was exiled for political reasons and settled in the United States. Since 1999, she has produced and directed 5 short narrative and documentary films, which together have garnered 16 festival selections/nominations around the world and awards that include a “Best of the Festival” award for That Sleepless Night at Mediawave in Hungary and an “Audience Choice” for Night Conversations at the Red Wasp Film Festival in Texas. Hanna is currently working on pre-production of The Voyage, a multi-media spectacle in collaboration with her father, Jan Sawka. Pilots of The Voyage were awarded the Gold Medal in Multi-media at the Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2003.

MICHAEL D. SHULMAN is Director of Publishing, Broadcast, and Film at Magnum Photos.  He has been with Magnum since 2002 and has worked at several major photo agencies since 1993. He is also a consultant for Reel Art Press, who have published  "Cuba 1959" and "The Beat Scene", both by Burt Glinn, and will publish an expanded edition of "Police Work" by Leonard Freed in 2020.

ANTHOLOGY EDITIONS is an independent book publisher based in Brooklyn, New York. An imprint of the record label Mexican Summer, Anthology is dedicated to uncovering and presenting new narratives via thoughtful, exceptionally designed publications in the fields of art, music, and pop culture history. 

© Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Victor J. Blue

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CITIES IN DUST: VICTOR J. BLUE

BDC ANNEX
364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455  

ON VIEW
Apr 4- May 5, 2019

Victor J. Blue’s panoramic photographs of the destroyed cities of Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, on view at the Bronx Documentary Center from April 4th to 21st, navigate a landscape of devastation from aerial bombardment scarcely seen since World War II.

Over the course of the four-year campaign against the Islamic State, the US-led coalition conducted 14,638 airstrikes in Iraq and 16,864 airstrikes in Syria, the bulk of which fell on Mosul and Raqqa, the twin capitals of the ISIS caliphate. The cities were leveled in the fight to liberate them from their captors. A year after the bombing stopped and the fighters were routed, Raqqa and the Old City of Mosul still lie in ruins. No comprehensive reconstruction plan exists; the viability of both cities remains in doubt.

 

 

The cities’ destruction begs the question: what was the cost of the West’s war against extremism if the battlegrounds remain permanently uninhabitable? Life in Raqqa and Mosul is frozen at a moment just after the last bombs fell, the fires went out, and the US-led coalition declared victory and moved on. But the civilians of Mosul and Raqqa are left to consider the scale of the destruction, and the reality that they have been forgotten.

This exhibition is curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

Cities in Dust is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, The Donnelley Foundation, and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

HEADER: Residents make their way among destroyed buildings in Raqqa, Syria, Sunday, November 12, 2018. © Victor J. Blue
PHOTO: Laborers work to pull rebar from a destroyed building being demolished in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, November 8, 2018. © Victor J. Blue

 

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BDC Photobook Conversations

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Tune in to Instagram Live as exhibiting photographer Bryan Thomas, discusses his zine “The Sea in the Darkness Calls” with designer Alejandro Viera, and answers any questions you may have. 

Thomas will discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter


The Sea in the Darkness Calls is a travelogue along the coast of a Florida psychically charged by the shadow of irreversible climate change. Thomas spent two years documenting the people and places of Florida. This work is featured in our online exhibition, “Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis” which can be viewed at trumprevolutionbdc.org

© Bryan Thomas

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The BDC is pleased to present a panel discussion and book signing with Conversations on Conflict Photography author Lauren Walsh. Walsh will be joined by award-winning photographers, Ron Haviv, Meridith Kohut, and Michael Kamber.

In today's image-saturated culture, the visual documentation of suffering around the world is more prevalent than ever. Yet instead of always deepening the knowledge or compassion of viewers, conflict photography can result in fatigue or even inspire apathy. Given this tension between the genre's ostensible goals and its effects, what is the purpose behind taking and showing images of war and crisis?

Conversations on Conflict Photography invites readers to think through these issues via conversations with award-winning photographers, as well as leading photo editors and key representatives of the major human rights and humanitarian organizations. Framed by critical-historical essays, these dialogues explore the complexities and ethical dilemmas of this line of work. The practitioners relate the struggles of their craft, from brushes with death on the frontlines to the battles for space, resources, and attention in our media-driven culture. Despite these obstacles, they remain true to a purpose, one that is palpable as they celebrate remarkable success stories: from changing the life of a single individual to raising broad awareness about human rights issues.

Opening with an insightful foreword by the renowned Sebastian Junger and richly illustrated with challenging, painful, and sometimes beautiful images, Conversations offers a uniquely rounded examination of the value of conflict photography in today's world. 

BIOS

RON HAVIV is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the VII Agency, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, Haiti: 12 January 2010, and The Lost Rolls. Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

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 has also worked as a writer and videographer for the Times. His photos have 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 the 2003 Overseas Press Club award. The New York Times has twice nominated Kamber’s work for the Pulitzer Prize.

MERIDITH KOHUT, an award-winning photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela, has worked covering Latin America for the foreign press since 2007. For the past three years, she has spent nearly every day documenting the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. This work has been recognized by The Overseas Press Club, The George Polk Journalism Awards and Pictures of The Year International. Her 5-month investigation and photo essay that exposed that hundreds of children had died from severe child malnutrition in public hospitals was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography in 2018.  

 LAUREN WALSH is an expert on conflict photography, is a professor and writer. She teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the director of Lost Rolls America, a national public archive of photography and memory. Walsh’s newest book, Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019), examines the value of documenting war and humanitarian crisis in the contemporary moment. She is the editor of three other books on photography: Macondo, a photo book documenting the long-term conflict in Colombia; Millennium Villages Project, a photography book on efforts to relieve extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa; and The Future of Text and Image, with collected essays on visual culture and literary studies. She has also published widely in academic and mainstream media. Walsh is currently co-directing Biography of a Photo, a documentary film about two iconic images of conflict, and her research concentrates on questions of visual media and ethics. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and has been distinguished with NYU’s Excellence in Teaching award.


PHOTO
: An Afghan woman wearing a burka displays her business school degree, which she received prior to the Taliban taking power. Under the Taliban, she was forbidden to work or study. Afghanistan, 1998. © Nina Berman/NOOR
[This image is published in Lauren Walsh's book Conversations on Conflict Photography

 

 

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BDC Photobook Conversations

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As part of our virtual BDC Photobook Conversations series, photographer Brandon Thibodeaux discusses his moving photobook In That Land of Perfect Day and answers any questions you may have on Instagram Live.

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM, the BDC will broadcast an informal conversation on Instagram Live with some of our favorite photobook authors and designers. We’ll discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

Thibodeaux's photobook published by Red Hook Editions presents tales of strength against struggle, humility amidst pride, and promise for deliverance in the lives he has come to know. For over eight years, Thibodeaux roamed through a forty-square mile area in the Mississippi Delta, learning about the region’s history and the contemporary experience of its residents.


PHOTO: © Brandon Thibodeaux

 

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Mark Steinmetz

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Join photographer Mark Steinmetz as he discusses his new book Carnival, published by STANLEY/BARKER books. 

From 1982-2001 the American photographer Mark Steinmetz travelled to country fairs, urban street fairs, and small circuses across the United States, to make photographs of the families, teens and carnies that contain all the warmth and frenetic energy of a day at the Carnival. 

“People from all walks of life go to the fair seeking something to transport them from the everyday. Amid the excitement and sounds of the rides and games, I could slip by largely unnoticed and capture gestures and faces.” - Mark Steinmetz

BIO

MARK STEINMETZ is an Athens, Georgia-based photographer whose work captures black-and-white images of Southern Americana as seen in urban, rural and suburban landscapes.

STANLEY/BARKER is a publishing house founded in London by Rachel and Gregory Barker. From their studio in the UK, STANLEY/BARKER produces a select list of highly individual publications each year. 

© Mark Steinmetz



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From The Bronx to Maine

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FEATURING

 Angie Avendaño | Anastasia Cardona | Izaiah Cardona | Bianca Colon | Mitchell Dennis | Fanta Diop  
Nailea Dominguez Alberto Garcia Fritzi Garcia | Gwendolyn Golding | Lucki Islam | Diego Lozano  
Tianna Maldonado 
| Jesus Mendez | Taina Ocasio Leonely Pacheco | Chloe Rodriguez  
Cinthia Biannel Encarnación Rodriguez 
| Adanna Taylor | Lorena Vicente 

 

The BDC celebrates four years of the Bronx Junior Photo League’s (BJPL) week-long photography workshops in Maine with a pin-up exhibition opening this Friday, October 11th from 6pm to 8pm. 

Since 2016, BDC staff have journeyed with Bronx teenagers to Portland, Union, Rockland and beyond, photographing Maine’s rocky coast, lobster pounds, lighthouses, parks, demolition derbies and the rugged Mainers they encountered along the way.

 

On view: Oct 11-Nov 3, 2019
BDC, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451 

 


PHOTO: Acadia National Park, Maine, August 22, 2016. © Jesus Mendez / Bronx Junior Photo League

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BDC Photobook Conversations

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As part of our virtual BDC Photobook Conversations series, photographer Andres Gonzalez will discuss his moving photobook American Origami and answers any questions you may have on Instagram Live.

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM, the BDC will broadcast an informal conversation on Instagram Live with some of our favorite photobook authors and designers. We’ll discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

 



Winner of the Light Work PhotoBook Award 2019, Gonzalez’s book closely examines the epidemic of mass shootings in American schools. 

Signed copies available for purchase here.


PHOTO
: © Andres Gonzalez

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Border People

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Two performances:
Friday, March 6th, 7PM
Saturday, March 7th, 7PM

Come see Working Theater’s Border People, a performance based on conversations with immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and border crossers of all kinds at both the Northern and Southern borders, and the many unseen borders in between. A startling gallery of portraits of those who cross borders, geographical or cultural, by necessity or choice. Written and directed by Dan Hoyle. Presented by Working Theater.

Friday's performance is Pay-What-You-Can and live Spanish translation will be available at both performances.

Advance tickets available here. 

PHOTO: © Paul Kuroda, Special to The Chronicle

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Victor J. Blue

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364 E. 151st Street, Bronx, NY 10455

Exhibiting photographer Victor J. Blue discusses the process behind the making of his panoramic photographs of the destroyed cities of Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq.

Over the course of the four-year campaign against the Islamic State, the US-led coalition conducted 14,638 airstrikes in Iraq and 16,864 airstrikes in Syria, the bulk of which fell on Mosul and Raqqa, the twin capitals of the ISIS caliphate. The cities were leveled in the fight to liberate them from their captors. A year after the bombing stopped and the fighters were routed, Raqqa and the Old City of Mosul still lie in ruins.


No comprehensive reconstruction plan exists; the viability of both cities remains in doubt. The cities’ destruction begs the question: what was the cost of the West’s war against extremism if the battlegrounds remain permanently uninhabitable?  Life in Raqqa and Mosul is frozen at a moment just after the last bombs fell, the fires went out, and the US-led coalition declared victory and moved on. But the civilians of Mosul and Raqqa are left to consider the scale of the destruction, and the reality that they have been forgotten.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Cities in Dust: Victor J. Blue on view at the BDC Annex from April 4- May 5, 2019.

 

BIO

VICTOR J. BLUE is a New York based photojournalist whose work is most often concerned with the legacy of armed conflict, human rights and the protection of civilian populations, and unequal outcomes resulting from policy and politics. He has worked in Central America since 2002, concentrating on social conflict in Guatemala, and since 2009 has photographed the Counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. He has completed assignments in Syria, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq, and India, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States.

He worked as a staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and holds a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University. He practices a deeply reported, character driven documentary photography that tries to both inform viewers intellectually and move them emotionally, and communicate something universal from the particular circumstances of individual lives and struggles. His photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harpers Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated, USAToday, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in exhibitions at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. His work has been supported by grants from the NPPA and Ohio University. In 2012 Parlay, his project on his Grandfather, was awarded in the Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA Best of Photojournalism competitions. In 2010, 2011, and 2015 his work in Afghanistan was honored in Pictures of the Year International. In 2017 he garnered three awards in the Pictures of the Year International.

 

HEADER: © Ross McDonell 
PHOTO: 
Devastation surrounds the Al Nouri Mosque, famous as the site where ISIS declared it's caliphate, in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Monday November 5, 2018. © Victor J. Blue

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Detroit 48202

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Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of America's "Motor City" through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside on letter carrier Wendell Watkins’ postal route. 


Oral histories convey the impetus behind the African American migration north while personal accounts shed light on the impacts of the fight for housing justice, the legacy of industrial and political disinvestment, and a confluence of events and failed policies that resulted in Detroit’s bankruptcy. Blamed for the devastation but determined to survive, the community offers creative solutions to re-imagine a more inclusive and equitable city.

Post-screening discussion with Bronx-based filmmaker Pamela Sporn, and letter carrier Wendell Watkins who is featured in the documentary. Moderated by author and speaker, Gregory Jost of Designing the WE.

BDC
614 Courtland Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

 


BIOS

PAM SPORN is a Bronx based documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist. She loves listening to people tell stories about standing up to injustice in their own unique, subtle, and not so subtle, ways. A pioneer in bringing social issue documentary making into NYC high schools in the 1980s and 1990s, Pam substantively contributed to the growth of the youth media movement. In addition to DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE, Pam’s work includes the documentaries CUBAN ROOTS/BRONX STORIES, WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA, REMEMBERING THE MAMONCILLO TREE, and DISOBEYING ORDERS: GI RESISTANCE TO THE VIETNAM WAR. Pam has received numerous grants and awards including: JustFilms/Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, CUNY Caribbean Exchange, and the Bronx Council on the Arts. 

WENDELL WATKINS was born in Detroit in 1956. He is the middle son of Frances Rouse Watkins Woods. Growing up amongst a community and trade union minded family and the revolutionary backdrop that the1960s often provided he emerged with a fairly particular point of view. Wendell is an avid reader whose thirst for knowledge once lead him to a spot on Jeopardy! He has two children and of course, was a dedicated mailman for 30 years in Detroit's 48202 zip code. 

GREGORY JOST is a Bronx-based researcher, organizer, and storyteller with expertise in affordable housing, the history of race and place in American cities, and strategies for community control of reinvestment. He serves as the Director of Organizing at Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association and is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. Gregory is the Board Chair of New Economy Project and supports the Undesign the Redline work of Designing the We. He is currently researching and writing a book on the history of Redlining and the Bronx. 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

After Maria

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This year we have curated our 5th Annual Women's Film Series around the stories of the Bronx as told by women documentary filmmakers. 

After Maria, directed by Nadia Hallgren, is about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s catastrophic destruction in 2017. Three Puerto Rican women and their families are caught between worlds as their FEMA housing assistance in New York expires. Hallgren will take part in a Q&A following the screening.

With the threat of homelessness on the horizon, After Maria follows as they fight to keep their families together and weather the emotional effects from displacement.

Director
NADIA HALLGREN is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography from The Bronx, New York. Her vérité cinematography credits include Trouble The Water, Trapped, and Motherland. Hallgren’s episodic series won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW 2018, and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The BDC's 5th Annual Women's Film Series was curated by Jon Santiago.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.


PHOTO: © After Maria 

 

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Joana Toro

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Join photographer Joana Toro for the launch of her new photobook “Hello I Am Kitty” which reveals the underground world of costumed characters in NYC. 

Artist statement:
"Being an immigrant is an enormous challenge, this book provokes a reflection on the status of Latin immigrants in the US, their cultural appropriation and new identities, ironies of immigrant life on the margins of a globalized world. 

“Hello I am Kitty” is the result of a personal journal to find my new “identity” viewing right through an eye hole in the head of my Hello Kitty costume while I asked for donations after posing for pictures in Times Square between 2012-2013. 

The phenomenon of Latino immigration is a cultural issue of social appropriation, in which symbols play an integral role in generating images and self-images of Latinos in a society that is itself globalized. This project is challenge symbols and misconception about Latino immigrants."


JOANA TORO is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity. She worked as a staff photographer with major magazines and newspapers in Colombia before she migrated to the United States in 2011 to further her career as a documentarian and artist.

PHOTO: A Peruvian grandfather while on lunch break from his job as a character impersonator at Times Square, Manhattan, New York State. From the series, I Am Hello Kitty. © Joana Toro Mora

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

A Gentle Magic

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BDC

614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

A Gentle Magic explores the resurgence in skin-lightening products in South Africa as an in-road to the country’s changing social landscape.

Skin-bleaching is a multi-billion dollar global industry and a contentious issue fraught with racial, historical, political, and public health implications. In this probing documentary, directors Tseliso Monaheng and Lerato Mbangeni interweave psychology, anthropology, and personal, first-hand testimonies to shed light on a complex cultural phenomenon that affects millions of people in South Africa alone.

Post-screening discussion with one of the film’s producers Graeme Aegerter to follow. Moderated by Freda Frimpong, CEO of KUUMBA Media.
 

BIO

Producer
GRAEME AEGERTER is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles. As a young queer filmmaker, Graeme is dedicated to highlighting the voices of underrepresented and marginalized communities through intimate storytelling. His documentaries have shown at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Afropunk Festival Johannesburg, New York African Film Festival, Durango Independent Film Festival, and more.

Moderator
FREDA FRIMPONG is CEO of KUUMBA Media. Freda is a media professional with experience in acting, writing, producing and under her company, KUUMBA Media, film distribution can be added to the list. KUUMBA Media is a video-on-demand platform for the latest African cinema. The company is founded by Freda and is operated by her and a small Afro-centric team between Brooklyn, New York, and Accra, Ghana. Freda is a Ghanaian-American, based in New York City and Accra. Her goal is to find the bridge between media and technology that compliments the African educational and entertainment sectors. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Bryant University and is currently pursuing Computer Science as her second masters at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus. For more info, you can go to www.watchkuumba.com and you reach her at hello@watchkuumba.com

Held in conjunction with one of our current exhibitions at the BDC's 614 Courtlandt Ave gallery Transitions: South Africa | Market Photo Workshop. On view until May 26th.

HEADER:  © A Gentle Magic
PHOTO: © A Gentle Magic

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Bronx Senior Photo League

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Please join the BDC for a virtual panel discussion to celebrate our current exhibition by the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL). Students Maria Meza and Margaret Floyd will be joined by Mitchel Senior Center Director, Gloria Patrone, and photo editor, writer, photographer and Boreal Collective member Laurence Butet-Roch. The panel discussion will be moderated by BSPL Director Rhynna M. Santos and BSPL teaching artist Jessica Kirkham, with Spanish translations by BDC Community Engagement Coordinator Maria Galindo.  



The BSPL, is a free documentary photo program for older adults.  Beginning in the fall of 2019 older adults, ages 60-90, from the Mitchel Senior Center and Kips Bay Castle Hill Senior Center, attended classes to learn the art of digital photography. 

The BSPL is a dynamic community of older adults who also face intersecting forms of oppression including ageism, racism, xenophobia, and impoverishment. Through their multifaceted experiences, students produced creative and compelling work documenting their lives during the pandemic. Their resilience demonstrated that this generation, often forgotten and marginalized, can continue to contribute art under the most trying circumstances.  The work of the BSPL students has created a rarely seen record of seniors' perspective on everyday life during a time of historic crisis, one of which the photographers themselves are at greatest risk. 

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Bronx Senior Photo League: Year-End Exhibition. View the exhibition at bronxseniorphotoleague.org.

ABOUT THE BRONX SENIOR PHOTO

The goal of the Bronx Senior Photo League is to develop participants' skills in photography while promoting social connection and community pride. Through weekly instruction and assignments and regular field trips to such cultural institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Wave Hill, the program provides older adults challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a stronger sense of belonging and improved quality of life.

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Featuring photography and films by students from the Bronx Junior Photo League, NYU's Gallatin School, and Eugene Lang College.

What has quarantine looked and felt like for this age group? How has it transformed their creative practice? How do photography and filmmaking give expression to their personal hopes and feelings as well as larger social and political concerns?

Join us for an online student-led panel discussion of these issues, and to celebrate the powerful work Gen Z students have made during the quarantine.

Presentaremos Fotografias y peliculas de estudiantes de la Bronx Junior Photo League , NYU's Gallatin School, y Eugene Lang College.

¿Como es la visión y el sentir de la cuarentena en este grupo de edad? Cómo ha transformado sus prácticas creativas? ¿Cómo la fotografía y el cine expresan sus esperanzas y sentimientos personales, así como las preocupaciones sociales y políticas más importantes?

Únase a nosotros al  panel de discusión en línea dirigido por estudiantes sobre estos temas, y para celebrar el poderoso trabajo que los estudiantes de la Generación Z han hecho durante la cuarentena.

MAIN IMAGE: Basketball hoops removed from parks to stop people from congregating in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. April 5, 2020. © Sarah Messinger

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Photobook Conversations

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As part of our virtual BDC Photobook Conversations series, photographer Mathieu Asselin will discuss his photobook Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation and answers any questions you may have on Instagram Live.

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM, the BDC will broadcast an informal conversation on Instagram Live with some of our favorite photobook authors and designers. We’ll discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

Asselin's photobook published by Actes Sud is a damning examination of Monsanto’s ecological impact on America, through archival documents and photographs. Throughout the US, dozens of sites have been classified as sensitive zones by the Federal Environmental Agency because of Monsanto’s activities. Asselin spent five years documenting the fallout from Monsanto’s corporate impunity, gathering materials, interviewing those affected and portraying the locations devastated by the company.

 

 

For Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, the Franco- Venezuelan photographer Mathieu Asselin was awarded the Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2017, the Dummy Book Award Kassel 2016, and a special mention for the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2016 at the Rencontres de la Photographie (Arles), his book is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation 2018.

BIO
Mathieu Asselin (FR/VEN, ˚1973) works and lives between Arles in France and New York City. He began his career working on film productions in Caracas, Venezuela, but shaped his photography practice in the United States. His work mainly consists out of long-term investigative documentary projects, such as his latest book ‘Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation’, which received international acclaim, winning the Kassel FotoBook Festival Dummy Award in 2016, the Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2018. Les Rencontre d'Arles in France, Photographer’s Gallery in London, Fotomuseum Antwerp in Belgium and the European Parliament in Strasbourg are amongst recent venues where his work has been exhibited.

HEADER PHOTO: David Roddick. Most of us have some PCBs in our blood. The average level is 2 parts per billion. In a survey of 3,000 West Anniston residents (Whose blood was tested for the lawsuit), more than a third of the population have levels greater than 10 parts per billion. Take David Roddick, who is suffering from multiple health problems like diabetes and respiratory deficiency. West Anniston, Alabama. © Mathieu Asselin

INTERIOR PHOTOS (L-R): Heather Bowser describes herself as a child of Agent Orange. She was born with several fingers and part of her right leg missing. Her father, Bill Morris, fought in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. Canefield, Ohio. © Mathieu Asselin; Kelly's daily medication. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2012. ©  Mathieu Asselin

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Decade of Fire

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This year we have curated our 5th Annual Women's Film Series around the stories of the Bronx as told by women documentary filmmakers. 

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame.

In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.

This event is co-sponsored with Boogie Down Books a curated pop-up bookshop inspired by Decade of Fire.

Co-Director
VIVIAN VÁZQUEZ IRIZARRY is an educator and facilitator, Vázquez Irizarry ran educational and youth leadership development programs at the Coro Foundation and BronxWorks, and is currently the director of community-school partnerships at the New Settlement Community Campus. Vázquez Irizarry managed educational youth development models in GED completion and college access programs across New York City. A former member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, she is a member of 52 People for Progress, a community organization that saved her childhood playground and revitalized the South Bronx for the last 35 years.

Co-Director
GRETCHEN HILDEBRAN is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work lives at the intersection of politics, policy, and human experience. Her credits include “Worth Saving” and “Out in the Outland.” She has also made a series of short documentaries used to educate communities across the country about life-saving interventions such as needle exchange and overdose prevention.

BOOGIE DOWN BOOKS
Boogie Down Books is a bookstore-without-walls for kids, teens, families, and educators in the Bronx and beyond. Learn more at boogiedownbooks.com

The 5th Annual Women's Film Series was curated by Jon Santiago.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.


PHOTO: © Decade of Fire

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Join the BDC Labs staff for a free B&W film photography workshop taught by photojournalist and BDC Founder/Executive Director, Michael Kamber. The workshop will cover shooting with an analog camera, film developing and darkroom printing in the BDC's state-of-the-art Philip Leonian Darkroom.

Two Dates!
Thursday, July 25, 6:30-930PM
Shooting and Developing Film

Sunday, July 28, 2-5PM
Printing in the Darkroom

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Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own film cameras. Please notify the BDC in advance if you do not have a camera. BDC Labs has a limited amount of cameras available for the workshop. Email lab@bronxdoc.org.

About BDC Labs / Philip Leonian Darkroom 
The BDC has a state-of-the-art private black-and-white darkroom and Hasselblad X5 scanner available for rent. Open for public rental every Sunday 10AM-5PM. Run by BDC Labs Coordinator Jessica Kirkham.

PHOTO: © Jessica Kirkham

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship

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—IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELED


From the Jerome Foundation:
We are inviting all the artists that rsvp’d to join us on Thursday, March 12 at 6pm Eastern Time using this link.

Or on Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm Eastern Time using this link.


Join Jerome Foundation’s President Ben Cameron to learn more about the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship: a two-year, $50,000 flexible Fellowship open to early-career artists in all artistic disciplines.

Fellows must be residents of Minnesota or the 5 boroughs of New York City. Learn more about the funding, who is eligible, and how to apply—and stay for the Q&A session.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 6, 4pm Central/5pm Eastern. 

For more information about the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship program visit the Jerome Foundation website here or download a PDF of the guidelines here.

PHOTO: 2019 Fellow Antonio Duke. © Jerome Foundation

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Unprotected by ProPublica

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Location: BDC's St. Mary's Annex, 364 E 151st St, Bronx

Unprotected looks into an acclaimed American charity called More Than Me and how it gained fame for saving young girls in Liberia from sexual exploitation – eventually winning a $1 million contest live on NBC and having its founder named TIME’s Person of the Year – but from the very beginning, the children placed under its care, some of the world’s most vulnerable girls, were being raped by one of the nonprofit’s leaders.

The project explores what happens when good intentions collide with the realities of operating in one of the world’s most troubled nations, raising important questions about the aid industry and who should be held accountable when well-meaning Western charities also cause harm.

Join the BDC for a screening of Unprotected followed by a discussion with the co-directors of the film, Nadia Sussman and Kathleen Flynn, and reporter Finlay Young. Moderated by community organizer Jennifer Gray-Brumskine. Hear directly from the investigative reporters who uncovered the scandal about lessons learned to prevent future abuse cases.

Speakers:

Co-director
NADIA SUSSMAN is a video journalist at ProPublica, creating short- and long-form visual stories for ProPublica investigations. From 2013 to 2017, Nadia was based in Brazil, where she shot and edited videos for outlets including The New York Times, BBC and The Wall Street Journal. Nadia has worked throughout Latin America and the United States, covering stories including killings by police in Rio’s favelas and Brazil’s Zika crisis. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Northern Short Course and the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Prior to working in journalism, Nadia was an investigator for death row habeas corpus appeals in California.

Co-director

KATHLEEN FLYNN is a freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She first reported in Liberia in 2007, and now serves as an adviser for Reel Peace, an initiative designed to lift the voices of women in Liberia by training and equipping them as visual storytellers. It is a project of the nonprofit Accountability Lab.

Reporter
FINLAY YOUNG is a Scottish freelance journalist, legal consultant, and researcher. He reported on Unprotected in Liberia, where he lived and worked from 2009 to 2012 after graduating from law school. He has returned to the country for extended periods each year since.

 Moderator
JENNIFER GRAY-BRUMSKINE came to the United States from Liberia in the late 1980s. Her community organizing around Liberia started in 1996 when the story of a ship carrying over 2,000 Liberians fleeing their homeland with nowhere to dock spread across the news. She joined a small group of Liberian women who rallied at the UN to move them to help the stranded ship. As a result of their efforts, the UN brokered a deal that allowed the ship to dock in Ghana on April 16th, 1996. Gray-Brumskine subsequently connected with other Liberian women to advocate for the children of Liberia and created the “International Mothers of Liberia.” In 2007 she co-founded the Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day Parade. She is an active member of many organizations on Staten Island including, the Staten Island Liberian Association (SILCA), where she served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Jennifer Gray-Brumskine is a graduate of Yale University Women’s Campaign School and the CORO New York Leadership Center’s Immigrant Civic Leadership program.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism. With a team of more than 75 dedicated journalists, ProPublica covers a range of topics including government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, health care, immigration, and technology.

This event is held in conjunction with our exhibition War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on view at the BDC from Oct 26 - Dec 16, 2018.

Header Photo: © Kathleen Flynn

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For our 6th Annual Women’s Film Series we have selected a lineup of films focusing on agents of change, women who are playing critical, big picture roles during challenging times.

Due to the COVID pandemic, our series this year will not include the screening of the films. It will consist of virtual Q&As/conversations with the directors of the films and those who worked on it with them.  

The films are available on major streaming platforms, some of which require subscriptions, and others are available to watch for free on Youtube.

Please check out the schedule below:

 

A Love Song for Latasha
Friday, October 16th, 6PM EST
Watch the panel discussion above or here

The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising. As the Black community expressed its profound pain in the streets, Latasha’s friends and family privately mourned the loss of a vibrant child whose full story was never in the headlines. 

Nearly three decades later, director Sophia Nahli Allison’s A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA removes Latasha from the context of her death and rebuilds an archive of a promising life lost. Oral history and memories from Latasha’s best friend and cousin converge in a dreamlike portrait that shows the impact one brief but brilliant life can have. 

Please join us on Friday, October 16th, 6PM EST for a virtual Q&A and discussion with director Sophia Nahli Allison and creative producer Janice Duncan. 

The film is available to watch on Netflix with a subscription. 

SOPHIA NAHLIA ALLISON is a black queer radical dreamer, experimental documentary filmmaker, and photographer. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. A meditation of the spirit, her work conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling. She is a 2020 United States Artist Fellow in Film.  

JANICE DUNCAN is a Black queer writer, director, and creative producer from Detroit, MI. She creates avant-garde ways of articulating diverse experiences that inspire people towards greater self-value, Black Queer feminism, radical liberation, and unconditional empathy for life and planet Earth. 

 

Becoming
Saturday, October 17th, 6PM EST
Watch the panel discussion above or here

Directed by Nadia Hallgren, Becoming is an intimate documentary following former first lady Michelle Obama, looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with her book "Becoming."

Please join us on Saturday, October 17th, 6PM EST for our virtual Q&A and discussion with Nadia Halgren, as she answers any questions you may have about the production of Becoming as well as her work as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. 

The film is available to watch on Netflix with a subscription.

NADIA HALLGREN is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography from the Bronx, New York. Her vérité cinematography credits include Trouble The Water, Trapped, and Motherland. Hallgren’s episodic series won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW 2018, and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 


All In: The Fight for Democracy
Saturday, October 24th, 6PM EST
Watch the panel discussion above or here

All In: The Fight for Democracy examines the issue of voter suppression in the US. The film interweaves personal experiences with activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our country from the beginning. With the expertise of Stacey Abrams, the film offers an insider’s look into the barriers to voting.

Please join us on Saturday, October 24th, at 6PM EST for a short virtual Q&A discussion with co-director Lisa Cortes.

The film is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video with a subscription. 

LISA CORTES is a producer and director, known for The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2019), Precious (2009), and The Woodsman (2004).

 

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Yael Martinez

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Join photographer Yael Martinez as he presents his new book La Casa Que Sangra (The House that Bleeds) at the BDC Annex.

Across Mexico, more than 37,400 people have been categorized as ‘missing’ by official sources. The vast majority of those are believed to be dead—victims of ongoing violence that has claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2006.

These disappearances are the source of lasting psychological trauma for families left behind. The violence has its roots in the war on Mexico’s powerful drugs cartels instigated by President Felipe Calderón during his 2006–2012 term of office, and continued by his successor, Enrique Peña Nieto. The ensuing violence has led to a catastrophic rise in murder rates and in the number of unsolved disappearances, which is aided by corruption and impunity.

President Nieto promised an end to violence, but although homicides declined, authorities seemed unable to restore the rule of law or make much progress in the struggle against cartels. Among the states most affected are Sinaloa and Guerrero, which was included in a list of no-travel zones by the US government in 2018.

In 2013, one of the photographer’s brothers-in-law was killed and another two disappeared. This led him to begin documenting the resultant psychological and emotional fracture in his own family and in the families of other missing people, to give a personal account of the despair and sense of absence that accrues over time.

The House the Bleeds was exhibited at our 2nd Annual Latin American Foto Festival. The book is published by KWY Editions.

YAEL MARTINEZ’s work addresses fractured communities in his native Mexico. He often works symbolically to evoke a sense of emptiness, absence, and pain suffered by those affected by organized crime in the region.

© Yael Martinez

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Miners Shot Down

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In August 2012, mine workers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress it, killing 34 and injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self-defense. Miners Shot Down tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over seven days, like a ticking time bomb.

The film weaves together the central point of view of three strike leaders, Mambush, Tholakele and Mzoxolo, with compelling police footage, archival TV footage and interviews with lawyers representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the massacre. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines in South Africa's nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a 20-year-old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all.

A campaigning film, beautifully shot, sensitively told and accompanied by a haunting soundtrack, Miners Shot Down reveals how far the African National Congress has strayed from its progressive liberationist roots.

There will be post-screening discussion with the film’s director Rehad Desai.

 

BIO
REHAD DESAI is a Producer and Director who runs his own company, Uhuru Productions. Following his return from political exile in the United Kingdom, Rehad worked as a trade union organiser, a health and safety and media officer for a chemical workers union and as a Director of a HIV prevention NGO. In 1997 he completed his Masters Degree in Social History at the University of the Witwatersrand. Rehad then entered the TV and film industry as a current affairs journalist, and soon after changed his focus to historical and socio-political documentary film. In 2009 he completed a post graduate diploma in documentary through Eurodoc. Since, he has produced over 20 documentaries, many he directed himself. These films have been broadcast internationally and accepted into numerous festivals. His last film Miners Shot Down has won local and international critical acclaim garnering over 25 prizes including the Taco Keiper award for investigative journalism and an International Emmy for best documentary. He is also a well known social justice activist that chairs the Human Rights Media Trust and the South Africa Screen Federation.

 

HEADER: © Miners Shot Down

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Bronx Senior Photo League

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FEATURING

Mitchel Senior Center (2017-2019):
Carmen Adorno | Josephine Bell | Georgia Bowen | Sadiku Garuba | Rose Gonzalez | Susie Hairston | Gloria Halman | Mary Holloway | Josefa Laureano | Carmen Malave | Doris Rios | Mary Woods | Florence Garuba | Pansy Wright | Ana Ruiz |   Cruz Garcia | Mildred Vega | Lidia Demota Maria Frias Consuelo Pizarro Judy Brandon | Elena F. Farciert | Teresa Guzman


Castle Hill (Spring/Summer 2019):

Esther Anaya | Gregory Sumlin | Lucille Gnatt | Vivian Hernandez-Valentine | Veronica Brown | Dario Diaz | Hortensia "Penny" Santana | Margaret Floyd | Nellie Bryant |  Rupert Joseph Thomas Martinez Louis Wright | Lynda Henderson Virginia Alicea Ana Ortiz Phyllis Thomas 

 

Bronx Works (Spring/Summer 2019):

Ata Aduna | Kwaku Agyemang | Carmen Moyer | David Adarkwah | Edith Lefevre | Isabel Delgado | Joan Harris | June Gregory | Socrates Peralta  

Since 2017 the Bronx Documentary Center has taught photography to Bronx seniors, members of the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), between the ages of 65 and 90. This intimate exhibition presents the Bronx through the eyes of these older adults as they explore family, friendship, and community. 

The BSPL provides opportunities for older adults to develop skills in photography while promoting social connections and a sense of belonging within the program and the larger community. The BSPL is designed to meet underserved Bronx seniors’ needs for social interaction while providing opportunities to engage in challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a sense of confidence and a stronger sense of identity and belonging.

This exhibition was curated by Rhynna M. Santos, Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Philip & Edith Leonian Foundation.


PHOTO
: © Hortensia “Penny” Santana  / Bronx Senior Photo League

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FEATURING
Patrick Brown |  Mikael Owunna  |  Fausto Podavini

Winner of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo
Patrick Brown | "No Place on Earth"

No Place on Earth by Patrick Brown is the recipient of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The Book Award is given each year to a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in documenting social injustice.

Since 2017, photographer Patrick Brown has documented the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis and one of the most rapid human outflows in recent history. Risking death at sea or on foot, more than 700,000 Rohingya fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh. Arriving at the makeshift camps, most refugees reported harrowingly consistent stories of murder and rape, all of which testify to a deliberate campaign of eradication. 



No Place On Earth
 provides an intimate portrait of the survivors of the recent persecution and their bleak conditions in overcrowded refugee camps.

The publication of the book No Place on Earth was made possible with the support of: Pulitzer Center, Grodzins Fund, Fujifilm, World Press Photo, Fortify Rights.

The hardcover book No Place On Earth contains 98 colour photographs with associated texts by Jason Motlagh an introduction by Matthew Smith director of Fortify Rights and the design by the renowned book designer Stuart Smith. Learn more about the book here.


FINALISTS



Finalist of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo
Mikael Owunna | "Limitless Africans"

The work is a collaborative response between the photographer and his community, to re-define what it means to be an immigrant, African and queer in North America and Europe at this time. Learn more about the work here.

 



Finalist of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo
Fausto Podavini | "OMO Change"

Omo Change documents the story of big investments from European and Chinese countries in the Omo Valley, in Ethiopia. The Omo Valley is internationally recognized as a rare dry and semi-dry region with extraordinary biodiversity. It has been included in the list of UNESCO heritage sites. The work aims to be a meditation on how large-scale investments can put at risk a delicate balance between humans and their environment that has persisted for hundreds of years. Learn more about the project here.


Free and open to the public.


ON VIEW

May 30- June 9, 2019
BDC Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455

ARTIST TALK + BOOK PRESENTATION
No Place on Earth by Patrick Brown
June 8th, 7PM

About FotoEvidence
FotoEvidence Press was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. Photographs have not only changed people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history.

For eight years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo. The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

MAIN PHOTO: Rohingya refugees from Myanmar walking through paddy fields and flooded land after they crossing over the border into Bangladesh. An unprecedented 430,000 Rohingya refugees, over 240,000 of them children, have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar into Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh.  Minors make up at least 60 percent of the 430,000 Rohingya who have crossed the border to Bangladesh over the past few weeks. Highly traumatized, they are arriving malnourished and injured after walking for days to the safety of Bangladesh. Patrick Brown © 2019 Panos/UNICEF

INTERIOR PHOTOS
Noor Haba, 11, carries her family’s belongings to shore after they had sailed for five hours in the fishing boat to arrive early morning on Shamlapur Beach near Cox’s Bazar. Noor and her family had escaped the violence in Rakhine State with a group of 25 other Rohingya refugees.
7 September 2017.  Patrick Brown © 2019 Panos/UNICEF

Jihan – Trans Algerian Man (Pronouns : he) Shot in Brussels, Belgium 2017 “For me Limitless in an important project for the next generations. That they can have some faces, some references and not waste time as we did because we were scared or we felt alone and/or ashamed. We grew up with only caucasian and heteronormative representations, so that is hard sometimes to realize that we will never match this limited model. For the people who are isolated, it can be very difficult. However when we have access to very positive, strong images, that resemble us or to which we can identify, it really gives hope and momentum.” © Mikael Owunna

A Borana woman inside a well is getting water for her animals. In this extremely dry area, in the dry season, water is taken from 20 meter deep wells, where the aquifer is located. The appropriation of land by the Government for the construction of sugar cane plantations, is resizing the geographical borders of the tribes of the Omo Valley. The tribes are forced to migrate to other areas, and to change their customs and lifestyles. South Ethiopia, 2013 © Fausto Podavini

 

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The workshop runs two weekends:
Day 1: Sat, Dec 8th, 10AM-5PM
Day 2: Sun, Dec 9th, 10AM-5PM
Day 3: Sat, Dec 15th, 10AM-5PM
Day 4: Sun, Dec 16th, 10AM-5PM
 
This class will teach students how to shoot and process B&W film, make contact sheets, and then print B&W photographs of their negatives on 8x10 RC paper. The analog process is a transformative experience that helps students understand the true nature of the photographic medium, creating an essential foundation for further exploration of today’s photographic practice.

In our digital age, you will learn how to easily process film at home with a simple, basic set-up. When at the workshop, you will learn how to use the darkroom enlarger and how to make a B&W print. Once you have grasped the basic steps of printing a ‘silver print’, you can practice the skills that eventually enable a photographer to create expressive images of great beauty. It is from this exploration that we understand and control 1) the material and the process along with 2) the printing material and process. Becoming a skilled analog photographer takes time, patience and dedication. What is gained from the ‘alchemy of analog’ is the irresistible pursuit for perfection.

This class is open to beginners and those who haven’t rolled film on a reel for ages. There will be a follow-up class in the spring semester which will encourage students to explore printing 11x14 and using fiber paper.

Students must expose a minimum of 1-2 rolls between class weekends and have new negatives ready for the following class. Film processing times at the BDC will be made available to enrolled students. Cameras will be provided during class time for those who need them.

Tuition includes a starter pack of materials including film, paper, and darkroom supplies needed for printing.

Register today!


BRIAN YOUNG is a Canadian-born photographer, teacher and master printer. Since 1980, he has dedicated himself to analog B&W photography. He has been a member of the ICP faculty since 1988 and has taught workshops in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. In 1992, he started Phototechnica Inc., a custom B&W lab that specializes in exhibition printing, book projects and commercial repro. He has printed for prominent national and international art photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers. He has also printed for exhibitions in distinguished museums around the world. In 2016, he published a book of pictures from his own archive, “The Train NYC 1984.” Young enjoys collaborating with photographers who still believe in the unique beauty of film photography and the silver gelatin print.

Header photo: © Brian Young

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Peace and Unity

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Peace and Unity: Bringing the Peace through Photography and Community

Join us for an evening of community, photography, food, dance and music at the parking lot located at I.S. 219 New Venture School, 3630 3rd Ave #169, Bronx, NY 10456.

Free and open to all!

This event is organized by Claremont Neighborhood Centers, NYC Criminal Justice, Bring the Peace, Bronx Documentary Center, Neighborhood STAT, and the Mayor's Action Plan for Safety (MAP).

This event is possible in part, by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund.

This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.

PHOTO: Jessica Kirkham

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

A Love Song for Latasha

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For our 6th Annual Women’s Film Series we have selected a lineup of films focusing on agents of change, women who are playing critical, big picture roles during challenging times.
 
Due to the COVID pandemic, our series this year will not include the screening of the films. It will consist of virtual Q&As/conversations with the directors of the films and those who worked on it with them.
 
The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising. As the Black community expressed its profound pain in the streets, Latasha’s friends and family privately mourned the loss of a vibrant child whose full story was never in the headlines. 

Nearly three decades later, director Sophia Nahli Allison’s A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA removes Latasha from the context of her death and rebuilds an archive of a promising life lost. Oral history and memories from Latasha’s best friend and cousin converge in a dreamlike portrait that shows the impact one brief but brilliant life can have. 

Please join us on Friday, October 16th, 6PM EST for a virtual Q&A and discussion with director Sophia Nahli Allison and creative producer Janice Duncan.  

The film is available to watch on Netflix with a subscription. 

About the Filmmakers

SOPHIA NAHLIA ALLISON is a black queer radical dreamer, experimental documentary filmmaker and photographer. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. A meditation of the spirit, her work conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling. She is a 2020 United States Artist Fellow in Film. 

 

JANICE DUNCAN is a Black queer writer, director, and creative producer from Detroit, MI. She creates avant garde ways of articulating diverse experiences that inspire people towards greater self value, Black Queer feminism, radical liberation, and unconditional empathy for life and planet Earth.

 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Robin Hammond

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Exhibiting photographer Robin Hammond will share stories of discrimination and survival from his long-term project Where Love Is Illegal, which documents members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community who have faced persecution and punishment in countries all around the world.

72 nations around the world have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. The brutality of punishments in these countries include imprisonment, torture and, in some instances, death. Hammond travelled to over a dozen countries to document and collaborate with individuals facing relentless discrimination.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Where Love Is Illegal. On view Feb 2-Mar 24th.

ADDRESS:  BDC's St. Mary's Annex, 364 E 151st St, Bronx NY


BIO

ROBIN HAMMOND is the recipient of the W.Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism. He is also a foreign policy 2015 global thinker for championing forbidden lives of LGBT around the world. Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects.

 

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 Year-End Exhibition featuring

Virginia Alicea | Esther Anaya | Veronica Brown | Nellie Bryant | Dario Diaz | Margaret Floyd | Lucille Gantt | Lynda Henderson | Rupert Joseph | Thomas Martinez | Ana Ortiz | Hortensia "Penny" Santana Gregory Sumlin | Phyllis Thomas Vivian Valentin Louis Wright

On view
June 18-26, 2019 

Kips Bay Castle Hill Neighborhood Center
625 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10743
 

Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibitions by the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s free documentary photo program for older adults in the Bronx. 

The goal of the program is to develop participants’ skills in photography while promoting social connection and community pride. Through weekly instruction, assignments, and regular field trips to major cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and NY Botanical Garden, the program is designed to meet underserved Bronx seniors’ needs for social interaction and improve their quality of life. It provides them challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a stronger sense of confidence, identity, and belonging.

The course “Photographing My Life” is led by Teaching Artist, Rhynna M. Santos. Around a hundred works produced during the Winter and Spring 2019 sessions will be presented in outdoor and indoor exhibitions in three locations in the South Bronx between June 18-28, 2019.


Header Photo:  A photograph of the sky captured at the cemetery where Mildred's daughter rests, 2018 © Mildred Vega
Interior Photo: Morning window light reflecting off of a mirror in Penny’s apartment, 2019 © Hortensia "Penny" Santana

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Visit
trumprevolutionbdc.org


In response to concerns around COVID-19 the Bronx Documentary Center has
canceled all gallery hours until further notice. This exhibition will open as an online gallery. 

 

FEATURING

Stacy Kranitz | Kadir van Lohuizen I Yuri Kozyrev | Katie Orlinsky | Bryan Thomas | Marcus Yam

Through photos, words and multimedia, the BDC exhibition, Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis, documents the current president's overturning of decades of American environmental policy, and its profound effects on American society and our planet at large.

On May 23rd, the exhibition will available to view online at www.trumprevolutionbdc.org

This is the second in a year-long series of Trump Revolution exhibitions examining America's societal and political transformation, one whose speed, reach and consequences are unmatched in our country's history.

About the Trump Revolution Exhibition Series

In four years, America, under President Donald J. Trump, has undergone a historic transformation—one which has and will affect us all, Democrats and Republicans alike, for generations. From foreign relations, the environment, local schools, and the federal courts to voter registration and immigration—every corner of America has been reconfigured. The Bronx Documentary Center’s Trump Revolution exhibition series has compiled text, photos, and multimedia to examine the speed, reach, and consequences of a societal transformation unmatched in American history.

The exhibitions are curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Founder and Executive Director Michael Kamber, and Exhibition Coordinator, Cynthia Rivera.

The exhibition website was designed by Exhibition Coordinator, Cynthia Rivera.

The Trump Revolution: The End of Truth exhibition is made possible by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Download the press release here.


PHOTO
: © Katie Orlinsky

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Watch the talk on our IGTV page here.

Instagram Live Discussions: From Context + Life, To Method + Photo

  • Fri, Aug 7th, 3:30PM EST—Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer Adriana Loureiro Fernández
  • Sat, Aug 8th, 3:30PM EST—Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer César Rodríguez
  • •Sun, Aug 9th, 3:30PM EST—Photographer/editor Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer Adriana Parrilla

In Latin America, the boundaries between the public and the private, the state and the citizens, are changing. Social movements, with a renewed push towards new currents of gender, environment and social justice, are gaining ground to present their views and demand paradigm changes outside the established status quo. The current world crisis unleashed by the appearance of the novel coronavirus also poses significant changes and revisions regarding civil and social responsibilities, the role of science, health, faith, technology, government, the global economy, lifestyle and in the way we relate socially (face to face and with social distancing).  

How do the political and social context of their countries affect or inspire their photography? Are their photos their own vessel of expression or are they used to be the voice of others? Does their practice begin by searching or do the stories find them? How does the approach to their work affect the final outcome? Is their editing process part of the effectiveness to communicate their message? Can photographers find ways to unleash these particular moments we are passing through? Is this crisis an opportunity to expand our sense of what photography is or should be? 

These are some of the questions that will come up during the Instagram conversations in: "From CONTEXT+LIFE, To METHOD+PHOTO", which presents Latin American photographers Adriana Loureiro Fernández (Venezuela), César Rodríguez (Mexico), and Adriana Parrilla (Puerto Rico) in conversation with photographer and editor Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo (Colombia). 

This event is held in conjunction with Bronx Documentary Center's 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival. To view the photographer’s work before the presentations please visit LAFFBDC.org. Find the BDC on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

IMAGE:  © César Rodriguez

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Solar Panel

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BDC Founder and Executive Director Michael Kamber will lead a beginner’s workshop aimed towards individuals who want a better understanding of the basics of solar energy.

Participants will get a hands-on look at the components that make up a small solar energy system using a 12V battery. These kinds of solar energy systems are suited for limited outdoor lighting, battery charging stations and much more. Additionally, workshop participants will examine two different solar energy systems currently in use and discuss their costs and energy effectiveness.

Kamber will also incorporate a discussion around global warming and the increased popularity of large-scale solar and wind energy systems. The event will also feature a discussion on the role of photography and film in the climate conversation. Participants will learn how the Climate Museum uses these forms of art to generate climate engagement. 

This workshop is free. All are welcome to attend and participate. 

Please RSVP here

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Climate Museum. 

BIO

MICHAEL KAMBER has worked as a mechanic, carpenter, welder and photographer for 35 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.

 

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Photobook Conversations

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As part of our virtual BDC Photobook Conversations series, photographer Ben Brody will discuss his poweful photobook Attention Servicemembeand answers any questions you may have on Instagram Live.

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM, the BDC will broadcast an informal conversation on Instagram Live with some of our favorite photobook authors and designers. We’ll discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

Brody's book is a searing elegy to the experience of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published by Red Hook Editions. 


PHOTO
: © Ben Brody

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Please join the BDC, in collaboration with Working Theater, for an evening exploring our current exhibition Trump Revolution: Immigration.

BDC Founder and Executive Director Mike Kamber will lead a guided tour of the exhibition along with participating photographer Griselda San Martin, followed by a discussion among our community members on the works exhibited and the human cost of American's changing immigration policy. Refreshments will be provided.


WORKING THEATER was founded in 1985 to produce theater for and about working people (the majority of Americans working in the industrial, service and transportation industries). Learn more here: theworkingtheater.org

GRISELDA SAN MARTIN is a Spanish documentary photographer currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder. San Martin has documented the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing on the issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights abuses through an optic of identity and belonging.Her photography and video projects have been exhibited internationally and featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and California Sunday Magazine as well as other publications.


PHOTO: © Anya Broido, Jonathan Lessuk + Leonardo Quispe/BDC

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Tim Hetherington's Journals

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Location: BDC's St Mary's Annex, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx 

Throughout his adult life Tim Hetherington’s journals traveled with him as a constant companion. Sometimes an intimate confidante, sometimes a to-do list, sometimes a creative foil, his notes are a poignant and inspiring insight into one of the extraordinary minds of our time. To coincide with Hetherington's 48th birthday the BDC will host the first ever public reading of Hetherington’s personal writings.

Join us for a special evening as we follow Hetherington’s journey through a small selection of the 5,000 pages of notes he made. This evening will also be the launch event for the exhibition catalog, War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros.

This event is held in conjunction with our exhibition War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on view at the BDC from Oct 26 - Dec 16, 2018.

Photo illustration by Robert Pluma.

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The new ways of more diverse and complex storytelling in Latin America have resulted because they are emerging from within. There is a personal commitment to the stories, characters and places, putting into crisis the traditional way as we have observed from those from the outside. Now, the different groups, communities, and movements which have not previously had a voice, are increasingly taking space to tell stories from their perspective, necessary stories of resistance and re-existence.

 

 

"We are connecting to each other, and supporting each other, and I think that is one of the most important things happening."

—Santiago Escobar Jaramillo 

Photobooks emerged as an ideal platform to convey these messages in a more diverse and complex way combining images and text, archives and drawings, facts and memories. Photobooks remain in time as objects that can be experienced, enjoyed, consulted and exchanged when needed.


Latin American photographers and editors: Musuk Nolte (Peru), Lujan Agusti (Argentina), Cristobal Olivares (Chile), and Zully Sotelo (Colombia), will join moderator Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo (Colombia) to discuss the state of the Latin American Photobook today. 


This event is held in conjunction with our 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our indoor galleries will remain closed: this photo festival will be made up of outdoor banners and projections as well as the virtual component viewable at bronxdoc.org. On view July 25-August 2, 2020.

 

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BDC
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

Exhibiting photographers Fabiola Ferrero, Andres Cardona, and Fred Ramos will discuss the link between violence and migration in Latin America.

Exhibición de los fotógrafos Fabiola Ferrero, Andres Cardona y Fred Ramos para discutir acerca de la cadena que existe entre la violencia y la migración en Latinoamérica.


This event is held in conjunction with the Second Annual Latin American Foto Festival on view from July 11-21, 2019, at the Bronx Documentary Center. The festival features work by photographers from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Ecuador.


BIOS


FABIOLA FERRERO, born in Caracas, is a journalist and photographer currently based between Venezuela and Colombia. Her work is the result of growing up in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, which led her to explore how societies act under hostile contexts and to focus on the human condition through writing and photography. She is part of the World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program South America, the VII Mentor Program and a Magnum Fellow.

ANDRES CARDONA is a documentary photographer, born in the south of Colombia, in a town called San Vicente del Caguan, a territory of much-armed conflict. His work revolves around documenting both illegal groups in the Amazon rainforest and the daily life of displaced and refugee people that have resulted from years of conflict, documenting cultural traditions and connecting the natives with endangered species, as well as the great deforestation that is currently experienced in the Amazon. He has been creating a registry to help build and rebuild the historical memory of the inhabitants and survivors of armed conflicts in Latin America. Cardona’s work has been published in several national and international publications such as: The New York Times, The Telegraph, The World, and LFI Leica Photografie International.

FRED RAMOS is a prize-winning photographer based in El Salvador who works across Central America and Mexico. He started his career as a graphic designer and switched to photojournalism in an effort to understand and tell human-driven stories about the violence, poverty and the migratory forces that surrounded him. Ramos currently works as a photographer for the El Salvadoran newspaper El Faro and also freelances for international outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine.

PHOTO: © Fabiola Ferrero

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Building the Bridge

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Please note this event is not held at the BDC.
Starts:
Butler Community Center, 1368 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456
Ends: Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc, 489 E 169th St, Bronx, NY 10456

The Bronx Documentary Center, NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc, and Butler Community Center are proud to present “Building the Bridge: Community Gathering & March through Claremont.”

For the fourth in our series of Claremont Illuminated events, the BDC will lead a procession of children and families through the Claremont community as they project photographs of the community on mobile screens and surrounding structures.

We will create an interactive experience by placing various projections and installations within Claremont Village. To build a bridge between communities in Claremont we will collectively work with our partners to organize a night parade through the neighborhood which will be accompanied by a mobile projector that will illuminate photography as we march.

The parade will start at the Butler Community Center and end at the Claremont Neighborhood Center, where there will be a community dinner, Environmental Justice and Gun Violence PSA’s from Claremont Neighborhood Center, State of the Butler neighborhood update, free photo booth, dance and singing performances, a DJ and health resources from the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative.

Schedule of events:


4-6PM: Event starts at basketball court behind Butler Community Center, 1368 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456

6PM: Gathering and preparation for the march

6:30PM: March starts

7PM: March ends at Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc

7-8:30PM: Community dinner and programming at Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc's indoor basketball court at 489 E 169th St, Bronx, NY 10456

Free and open to all.

PHOTO: Second Annual Claremont Illuminated Festival, 2019. © Adi Talwar / Bronx Documentary Center

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On View 
Oct 26 - Dec 16, 2018

Location:
BDC St Mary's, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx (across the street from the BDC).

Opening reception with remarks by Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.

Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros’ powerful photographs played an important role in moving the world to action and ultimately bringing the Liberian Civil Wars (1999-2003) to an end. 

Trapped with Liberian dictator Charles Taylor’s forces in besieged Monrovia in the summer of 2003, Chris braved artillery and rocket fire to send frontline pictures of women and children being killed by the hundreds. His photos ran on front pages around the world and provoked outrage at a brutal war whose victims were almost entirely non-combatants. 

Tim Hetherington, embedded with the LURD rebels in the same period, provided the documentation of the rebels shelling civilians. Even the ruthless Charles Taylor considered him a threat and sent assassination squads to kill the British photojournalist. Tim barely escaped, only to return and live in Liberia following the conflict. His haunting book, Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold, has become a standard text of the Liberian Wars.

Together, these two photographers alerted the world to Liberia’s humanitarian disaster and helped to build the international momentum which resulted in the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission that brought the war to a close, helped set the stage for democratic elections and created a lasting success story for the West African nation and the subregion. The UN closed its Liberia mission last year--the last of three successful operations in the Mano River basin—leaving being a country still fragile but with a fighting chance for peace and development. 

The photos in this exhibition, some never before shown, are a tribute to these journalists, and to the Liberian civilians who protested so powerfully and demanded an end to the violence. 

In 2011, Tim and Chris, friends and colleagues committed to documenting the truth, were killed by artillery in Misurata, Libya.



In collaboration with:
Magnum Photos
Getty Images
The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
The United Nations Foundation 
RISC Training


War and Peace in Liberia
is made possible by 

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, the Donnelley Foundation, Con Edison, and Ghetto Film School.

Curated by Mike Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.


Header Photo: 
© Chris Hondros / Getty Images

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

1968, Photographic Acts

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The events that made 1968 famous around the world triggered dramatic upheavals in our society. A few images, which were a testimony to these times of far-reaching change, are a lasting testimony of these memorable events.  

At the time, the publication of a photograph in Time, Life, Newsweek, or Paris-Match could bring about a change in a photographer’s career. The deflagration in 1968 highlighted the fires in Vietnam, the tears in Prague, the agony of Biafra, the blood of Martin Luther King Jr., the dug up paving stones in Paris, and the determination of African-American athletes in Mexico. If history is our heritage, the photographs discussed in 1968 are its landmarks.

By talking to photography professionals, historians, sociologists, or people who were involved in the historic events of the time, 1968, Photographic Acts revisits timeless photographs. The film’s interviewees discuss the historical links between the photographs which, as they tell stories of war, racism, social protest and injustice, portray the interwoven histories of our era.

Join the BDC for a screening of 1968– Photographic Acts followed by a discussion with the film's director Auberi Edler, and film subject and Director of Photography at The Washington Post, MaryAnne Golon. Moderated by BDC Co-Founder and Executive Director, Michael Kamber.


PANELIST BIOS

AUBERI EDLER is a documentary filmmaker and journalist, based in Paris. She has written and directed multiple films and news features for European television channels. Edler has been a Senior Correspondent, Editor-in-Chief, New York City Bureau Chief and, for a few years, co-director of the French public television news team. Elsewhere, she has been a war correspondent covering many conflicts around the globe, from Afghanistan to El Salvador, Bosnia to Iraq. Edler is currently working on a new film and consulting for with various international media groups that broadcast news and documentary programming to television stations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe.

MARYANNE GOLON is director of photography at The Washington Post and was Time magazine's director of photography until 2008. She also co-managed the international news weekly’s photography department for more than 15 years, winning scores of awards. She has served as both jury member and chair for the World Press Photo Contest, in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

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.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Contact High

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Location: BDC's St Mary's Annex, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx (across the street from the BDC). 

Join us for an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, told through their most intimate diaries—their contact sheets.

Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is a definitive history of hip-hop’s early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today.

Join us as journalist, author, and producer Vikki Tobak presents her new book, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. Contributing photographers Joe Conzo Jr. and Ricky Flores will also participate in the discussion.

The book features essays from Bill Adler, Rhea L. Combs, Fab 5 Freddy, Michael Gonzales, Young Guru, DJ Premier and RZA.

 

BIOS

VIKKI TOBAK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The FADER, Complex, Mass Appeal, The Undefeated, Paper Magazine, i-D Magazine, The Detroit News, Vibe, and many others. Tobak is the author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. She is a former producer and columnist for CBS Marketwatch, CNN, Bloomberg News, TechTV and other leading media organizations. Vikki is also the founding curator of FotoDC's film program, and served as the art commissioner/curator for the Palo Alto Public Art Commission in Silicon Valley. She has lectured about music photography at American University, VOLTA New York, Photoville, Chicago Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

JOE CONZO JR. co-author of Born in the Bronx, has been documenting the people of his native borough since the 1970s. As the first graduating class of South Bronx High School, Conzo came up as the official photographer for the Cold Crush Brothers at the dawn of Hip Hop. From the school gymnasiums to the local Police Athletic League, Conzo documented the first generation of DJs and MCs as they invented an art form that brought the creativity of the streets to the world. Joe Conzo Jr. continues to lecture, meet with young people, exhibit his work, and attend international events.

RICKY FLORES was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents in 1961. Flores started documenting life in the South Bronx after he purchased a camera with a small inheritance he received from his father in 1980. Over the years Flores freelanced for The Daily News, The New York Times, The City Sun and The Village Voice. Flores was recognized for his coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and is a two-time winner of the New York Press Publishers Association for Spot News. He has a permanent installation at I.S. 206 in the Tremont section of the Bronx commissioned by the School Construction Authority, New York City Board of Education and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Flores is currently a staff photographer at The Journal News in Westchester County, New York.


Header Photo: © Ricky Flores

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Becoming

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For our 6th Annual Women’s Film Series we have selected a lineup of films focusing on agents of change, women who are playing critical, big picture roles during challenging times. 

Due to the COVID pandemic, our series this year will not include the screening of the films. It will consist of virtual Q&As/conversations with the directors of the films and those who worked on it with them.
 
Directed by Nadia Halgren, Becoming is an intimate documentary following former first lady Michelle Obama, looking at her life, hopes, and connection with others as she tours with her book "Becoming".
 
Please join us on Saturday, October 17th, 6PM EST for our virtual Q&A and discussion with Nadia Hallgren, as she answers any questions you may have about the production of Becoming as well as her work as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography.
 

ZOOM LINK HERE

 
The film is available to watch on Netflix with a subscription.

Watch the trailer below:
 


NADIA HALGREN
is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography from the Bronx, New York. Her vérité cinematography credits include Trouble The Water, Trapped, and Motherland. Hallgren’s episodic series won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW 2018, and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
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In response to concerns around COVID-19 the Bronx Documentary Center has

canceled all gallery hours until further notice. This exhibition will open as an online gallery. 

FEATURING

Matthew Almeydas | Gianna Almonte | Fanny Aucacama | Jared Birks | Paloma Boyewa-Osborne | Justin Brefo | Heidi Calderon | Elisa Luna Cameron |  Brandon Carchipulla | Anastasia Cardona | Izaiah Cardona | Ana Carmona | Raymond Castillo | Olympia Chen | Jade Delilah Parks | Fanta Diop | Awa Fofana | Fritzi Garcia | Alberto Garcia | Lucki Islam | Savannah Juste | Tiara Maldonado | Tianna Maldonado | Taylor Moorman | Sophia Morales | Reynaldo Olivera | Alexa Pacheco | Carlos Pacheco | Chloe Rodriguez | Pamela Rozon | Tara Smalls | Paola Soto | Nnyala Stark | Adanna Taylor | Eliezer Vargas | Brian Velez | Dylan Velez | Lorena Vicente | Gianni Zambrano

 




The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is proud to present the work of our 11-to-18-year-old Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) students, all created during their time in quarantine.

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) se enorgullece de presentar el trabajo de nuestros estudiantes de la Bronx Junior Photo League de entre 11 a 18 años, todos creados durante el tiempo de cuarentena.

Students in the  BJPL, the Bronx Documentary Center’s free documentary storytelling and college success program for 6th through 12th grade students, have been documenting social justice issues and community-based stories since 2013. Beginning in October each year, BJPL students learn how to make strong photos and to engage with the community beyond the classroom. They photograph and interview local businesses and organizations, neighbors we know, and many we don’t. By February, students begin formulating story ideas for their final projects, multimedia stories, and photo essays. They spend 2-3 months working on these projects, editing in Adobe Premiere and making prints in the BDC’s darkroom.
  

On March 12, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the BDC made the decision to suspend all programs and move to remote learning. Our BJPL teaching staff spent two weeks revamping our longstanding curriculum and ensured that our students and their families had the support needed not only to participate in photography classes, but to stay as connected and healthy as possible. We delivered laptops by car and bicycle, paired every student with a BJPL teacher for weekly wellness check-ins, and provided groceries and disinfectant supplies to households in need. We built on our existing community in a virtual space, holding weekly creative sessions--most often led by students--for dance parties, drawing, and protest-solidarity sign-making that continued through the end of the semester. 

On March 30th, BJPL classes resumed with a 10-week-long virtual program with a new curriculum building on the compositional, technical, and storytelling skills our students have been learning since the fall. They photographed themselves, their homes, and collaborated with peers through photo dialogues and remote portrait sessions. They created visual and written explorations of their experiences during this time, finding ways to tell stories about mental health, undocumented families, religious practices, and life under lockdown, as well as the direct consequences of COVID-19, including recovering from illness and losing loved ones. 

The coronavirus has touched everyone’s life in some way, but the South Bronx, the poorest urban congressional district in the United States, has had the highest rates of coronavirus cases in the country. Throughout our short history, our Bronx Junior Photo League students have always risen to the occasion to decry and document injustices. They’ve stood against climate change, unequal housing opportunities, and violence--just this December, BJPL students demanded safe streets, rallying against a shooting on our block that injured five--and now are safely protesting police violence. So it is no surprise that, despite surviving a global crisis, they have continued to dig deeper on the stories that are important to them, exploring and engaging with the world around them--albeit now a much smaller physical reality. 

There are nearly 40 projects presented in this year-end celebration of our BJPL students’ work. These stories, from the too-often-unseen empathetic lens of our youth, are a critical testament of this crucial time in our country’s history.

The Bronx Junior Photo League is made possible, in part, by the Chris Hondros Fund, Citgo Foundation, Clif Family Foundation, Fujifilm, Hyde & Watson Foundation, Henry Nias Foundation, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by City Council member Rafael Salamanca, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Legislature, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

All digital photos taken on DSLR cameras were generously provided by Fujfilm.


MAIN IMAGE: A portrait of Leonor in quarantine. This is part of a visual diary exploring family life and how COVID-19 has affected her community in the Bronx. March 21, 2020. © Fanny Aucacama / Bronx Documentary Center

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WATCH THE TALK ON OUR IGTV PAGE HERE

 

Instagram Live Discussions: From Context + Life, To Method + Photo

• Fri, Aug 7th, 3:30PM EST—Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer Adriana Loureiro Fernández

• Sat, Aug 8th, 3:30PM EST—Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer César Rodríguez

• Sun, Aug 9th, 3:30PM EST—Photographer/editor Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer Adriana Parrilla

In Latin America, the boundaries between the public and the private, the state and the citizens, are changing. Social movements, with a renewed push towards new currents of gender, environment and social justice, are gaining ground to present their views and demand paradigm changes outside the established status quo. The current world crisis unleashed by the appearance of the novel coronavirus also poses significant changes and revisions regarding civil and social responsibilities, the role of science, health, faith, technology, government, the global economy, lifestyle and in the way we relate socially (face to face and with social distancing).
 
How do the political and social context of their countries affect or inspire their photography? Are their photos their own vessel of expression or are they used to be the voice of others? Does their practice begin by searching or do the stories find them? How does the approach to their work affect the final outcome? Is their editing process part of the effectiveness to communicate their message? Can photographers find ways to unleash these particular moments we are passing through? Is this crisis an opportunity to expand our sense of what photography is or should be?
 
These are some of the questions that will come up during the Instagram conversations in: "From CONTEXT+LIFE, To METHOD+PHOTO", which presents Latin American photographers Adriana Loureiro Fernández (Venezuela), César Rodríguez (Mexico), and Adriana Parrilla (Puerto Rico) in conversation with photographer and editor Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo (Colombia).
 
This event is held in conjunction with Bronx Documentary Center's 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival. To view the photographer’s work before the presentations please visit LAFFBDC.org. Find the BDC on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

© Adriana Parrilla 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Block Party

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Corner of Courtlandt and 151st St


Come celebrate our second annual Latin American Foto Festival with us!

The day will include a Spanish language beginner’s photo workshop taught by Emmanuel Guillen Lozano, for the second year in a row the Mazarte Dance Company returns and will be performing, Lila Engelbrecht will lead a paper making workshop, exhibition tours, food, sports, family-friendly activities, and more!

This event is held in conjunction with our 2nd Annual Latin American Foto Festival, on view July 11-21, 2019. Featuring work from Puerto Rico,  Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador.
 
 
 
 
 PHOTOS (L-R): © Michael Kamber and Sean Sirota/Bronx Documentary Center

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Mitchel Senior Center

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 Year-End Exhibition featuring

Carmen Adorno | Judy Brandon |  Elena Farciert | Maria Frias | Florence Garuba | Justin Brefo Teresa Guzman | Gloria Halman | Mary Holloway | Carmen Malave | Maria Meza | Lidia Issac de Mota Consuelo Pizarro | Mildred Vega

On view
June 21-28, 2019 

 Mitchel Senior Center
188 Lincoln Ave, Bronx, NY 10454


 

Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibitions by the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s free documentary photo program for older adults in the Bronx. 

The goal of the program is to develop participants’ skills in photography while promoting social connection and community pride. Through weekly instruction, assignments, and regular field trips to major cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and NY Botanical Garden, the program is designed to meet underserved Bronx seniors’ needs for social interaction and improve their quality of life. It provides them challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a stronger sense of confidence, identity, and belonging.

The course “Photographing My Life” is led by Teaching Artist, Rhynna M. Santos. Around a hundred works produced during the Winter and Spring 2019 sessions will be presented in outdoor and indoor exhibitions in three locations in the South Bronx between June 18-28, 2019.

Header Photo: Elena's jello piece hardening on her dining table, 2019. © Elena Farciert
Interior Photo: Group photo of the Mitchel Senior Center class. © Jessica Kirkham

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Bronx Junior Photo League

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FEATURING

Justin Arroyo | Fanny Aucacama | Angie Avendaño | Jared Birks | Jai Bhagwan | Justin Brefo | Zarah Browne | Heidi Calderón

Elisa Luna Cameron | Brandon Carchipulla | Anastasia Cardona | Izaiah Cardona | Icelyn Casanova | Raymond Castillo | Aisha Conte

Michael Crizanto | Darolin Cruz | Ivette Diaz Espinosa | Fanta Diop | Djeneba Diop | Awa Fofana | Alberto Garcia

Brian Hernandez-Armenta | Lucki Islam | Cloudy Lopez | Diego Lozano | Tianna Maldonado | Sophia Morales | Yessica Morocho

Leonely Pacheco | Alexa Pacheco | Matthew Perez | Ailyn Reyes Ramirez | Chloe Rodriguez | Tara Smalls | Luz Smith-Amaya

Adanna Taylor | Janiyah Terry | Dylan Velez | Kalise Williams

 

Middle School Reception

Thursday, June 6th, 4-7PM

Presentations begin at 5PM

High School Reception

Friday, June 7th, 5-8PM

Presentations begin at 6PM

   

 

Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibition by the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s afterschool photojournalism program for middle and high school students. The BJPL uses photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues and prepare for college and future careers. On view will be photo essays and multimedia stories on environmental justice, sexual harassment, homelessness, access to healthy foods, LGBTQI+ activism, the opioid crisis, and more.

 

DarolinCruz

                             Eva and her daughters Aniell and Evamell stop for coquitos while walking home after school. Eva, originally from the Dominican Republic,
is now raising her two daughters in the South Bronx. © Darolin Cruz, 12th Grade
 

Work by the following students will also be on view:

Isis Adams | Jaedyn Edwards | Joshua Flores | Serenity Gomez | Yolanda Gonzalez | Alyssa Gonzalez | Loxly Johnson

Astou Ndiaye | Aresha Rabail | Zuleyka Vargas 

 

The Bronx Junior Photo League is made possible, in part, by the Chris Hondros Fund, Citgo Foundation, Fishman Fetter Family Foundation, Fujifilm, Henry Nias Foundation, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by City Council member Rafael Salamanca, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Legislature, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

All digital photos taken on cameras generously provided by Fujfilm.

 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Photobook Conversations

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As part of our virtual BDC Photobook Conversations series, photographer Poulomi Basu will discuss her powerful photobook Centralia and answers any questions you may have on Instagram Live.

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM, the BDC will broadcast an informal conversation on Instagram Live with some of our favorite photobook authors and designers. We’ll discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

Shortlisted for the 2020 Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award, Centralia exposes hidden crimes of war as an indigenous people fight for their survival. The photobook was designed by award-winning designer Teun van der Heijden. 

PHOTO: © Poulomi Basu

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Latin American Foto Festival

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FEATURING

Tomas Ayuso | Johis Alarcón | Andres Cardona | Citlali Fabian | Fabiola Ferrero | Chris Gregory 

Yael Martinez | Tonatiuh Cabello Morán  | Fred Ramos  Luis Soto

 

The BDC's 2nd Annual Latin American Foto Festival will bring award-winning photographers from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to exhibit their photographs, create installations and hold workshops and panel discussions.

Nearly all the photographers involved in this year’s festival live and work in their home countries. They will also be holding workshops, tours, and panel discussions for the BDC’s community, which is home to many thousands of Latino immigrants. Many of these events will be conducted in Spanish.

Two of the photographers in this year’s festival celebrate the role and strength of women throughout Latin America. Citlali Fabian will show her large-format portraits of Mestiza women in Mexico while Johis Alarcón explores the cultural roots of Afro-Ecuadorian communities.

Tonatiuh Cabello Móran, member of Costa Rican collective Colectivo Nómada, photographs intimate and offbeat celebrations of Catholicism throughout Latin America; his photos will be exhibited at Immaculate Conception Church, around the corner from the BDC. 


Christopher Gregory documents La Ruta Del Progreso, a decrepit highway started in the 1950s to showcase Puerto Rico’s prosperity and modernization.

Two exhibitions of Venezuelan photography expose the violence, poverty, and political upheaval that have driven an estimated three million to flee their homeland in the largest mass migration in recent Latin American history.

Another focus of this year’s festival will be Mexican and Central American photographers who explore the link between violence and migration. Fred Ramos of El Salvador and Luis Soto of Guatemala will exhibit long-term projects on this theme. Yael Martinez of Mexico and Andres Cardona of Colombia—who have both lost family members to death squads—explore the personal costs, much of it state-sponsored, to decades of violence.

 

ON VIEW
JULY 11-21, 2019

GALLERY HOURS
THUR, JULY 11th, 4-8PM
FRI, JULY 12th, 4-8PM
SAT, JULY 13th, 1-5PM
SUN, JULY 14th, 1-5PM
WED, JULY 17th, 4-8PM
THUR, JULY 18th, 4-8PM
FRI, JULY 19th, 4-8PM
SAT, JULY 20th, 1-5PM
SUN, JULY 21st, 1-5PM


Curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.


 

                                                                       © Chris Gregory                                                                        © Andres Cardona

  

 

The Latin American Foto Festival is made possible by 
Open Society FoundationsBronxCare Health System, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, 
and in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The outdoor exhibits were printed by 
United Photo Industries

 

MAIN PHOTO: © Yael Martinez

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Photobook Conversations

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As part of our virtual BDC Photobook Conversations series, photographer Yael Martínez will discuss his powerful photobook La Casa Que Sangra (The House that Bleeds) and answers any questions you may have on Instagram Live.

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30PM, the BDC will broadcast an informal conversation on Instagram Live with some of our favorite photobook authors and designers. We’ll discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

The photobook published by KWY Editions explores the communities fractured by organized crime in Mexico, in a physical and psychological sense. 


PHOTO: © Yael Martínez

 

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 —IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELED


In this class students will learn: Photoshop, black and white photography, printing in the dark room, and portrait.
REGISTRO

March 7 to April 11
6 classes: Saturday
Hours: 10AM to 1PM 

Price:
$ 50 Bronx residents
$ 100 Other

Photographers who will teach this workshop include, photographer and journalist Michael Kamber, founder and executive director of the BDC, María Galindo and Belinda Gallegos . Together they represent decades of experience as photography professionals.

The BDC will have a limited number of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras available for participants who do not have their own camera.

The quota for this class is limited.

PHOTO: © Maria De La Paz Galindo / BDC

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Robin Hammond

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72 nations around the world have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. The brutality of  punishments in these  countries include imprisonment, torture and, in some instances, death.

Photographer Robin Hammond travelled to over a dozen countries as a part of his “Where Love is Illegal” campaign to document and collaborate with individuals facing relentless discrimination.

Those photographed in this global storytelling campaign were able to choose how they wanted to pose, what they wanted to wear and how they wanted to present themselves. Their portraits and testimonies can be seen in this powerful exhibition.

ADDRESS: BDC's St Mary's Annex, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx 
Free and open to the public.

ARTIST TALK
Thur, Feb 7th | 7PM

ON VIEW
Feb 2-Mar 24
Thur-Fri 3-7PM
Sat-Sun 1-5PM

 
The exhibition is curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

Where Love Is Illegal is made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, the Phillip & Edith Leonian Foundation, Con Edison, and the Donnelley Foundation.


PHOTO:
 “O,” 27 (right), and “D,” 23 (left). They were attacked on the way home from a concert after kissing at their subway stop.“The real fear I experienced was not for myself, it was for the one I love,” said O. St. Petersburg, Russia. November 2014. © Robin Hammond/Panos for Witness Change

 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Citlali Fabián

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BDC Gallery
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes photographer Citlali Fabián, for an artist talk. Fabián will present work from her long term project, Mestiza. In this series, she works with her Oaxacan community, photographing her mother, cousins, nieces, and friends. Her work explores different ways to address identity. She develops her projects in film and 19th-century photographic processes like wet plate collodion and daguerreotype. 

Fabián presentará su proyecto en el cual ha trabajo por largo plazo, Mestiza. En esta serie ella trabajó con su comunidad Oaxacan. Fotografió a su madre, primos, sobrinas y amigos en México. Ella desarrolló este proyecto en película con el proceso del siglo XIX, como colodión de platos húmedos y daguerrotipo.

 

Artist statement:

"Beyond just the color of my skin,
my blood is mestiza, my way of thinking,
the way I look and the way they look at me...
It is a condition others attributed to me,
that I now embrace." — Citlali Fabian

Mestiza was a term to refer to people who shared half indigenous blood and half caucasian blood. The term is a volatile mark to show a distinction and racial supremacy. This project attempts to show the glory of a variety of women within our mixed culture.

Throughout history, women around the world have suffered discrimination. In Mexico being a woman and looking indigenous puts us in an even more vulnerable position. Mestiza Women is a photo project to give a voice and an image to contemporary Mexican women. It’s a platform to make us visible in a way where the photographic act is crucial –– it implies that we are giving a part of ourselves to make this possible.

My hope is to show the strength, beauty and complexity of these women--their qualities which captivated my attention.  I also wanted to show how they responded when we conversed to create a representation of ourselves. It’s how we shape our identity. This is to encourage us to appreciate and embrace ourselves from our strengths, but also our weakness, as a vibrant part of our complex culture.

The women in my portraits are friends and family. I asked them to participate because I was looking for people who I felt close to, people whom I felt empathy with. They are my mom, cousins, nieces and friends. The project flowed into a collaboration. They put their time and souls in these images. I waited and I captured them.

"Más allá del color de mi piel,
Mi sangre es mestiza, mi forma de pensar.
La forma en que me veo y la forma en que me miran ...
Es una condición que otros me atribuyen,
que ahora abrazo." — 
Citlali Fabian

Mestiza fue un término para referir a las personas que compartieron la mitad de sangre indígena y la mitad sangre caucásica El término es una marca volátil para mostrar distinción y raza, supremacía. Este proyecto intenta mostrar la gloria de una variedad de mujeres dentro de nuestra cultura mixta.

A lo largo de la historia, la mujer en el mundo ha sufrido discriminación. En México ser mujer y de apariencia indígena te pone en una situación realmente vulnerable. Mestiza es un proyecto fotográfico para dar voz e imagen a mujeres mexicanas contemporáneas. Es una plataforma para hacernos visibles de una manera donde el acto fotográfico es crucial porque implica que estamos dando una parte de nosotros mismos para hacerlo posible.

Mi esperanza es mostrar la fuerza, la belleza y la complejidad de estas mujeres, sus cualidades que cautivaron mi atención. Así es como damos forma a nuestra identidad. Esto es para animarnos a apreciarnos y a aceptarnos desde nuestros puntos fuertes, pero también nuestras debilidades como parte vibrante de nuestra compleja cultura.

Las mujeres en mis retratos son amigas y familiares, las elegí y pregunté para que participen porque estaba buscando personas con las que me sintiera cercano, personas con las que sintiera empatía. Son mi mamá, primos, sobrinas y amigos. Al final del proyecto, fluyó en una colaboración. Pusieron su tiempo y sus almas en estas imágenes. Esperé y los capturé.
 

This event is held in conjunction with the Second Annual Latin American Foto Festival on view from July 11-21, 2019, at the Bronx Documentary Center. The festival features work by photographers from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador.

 

BIO

CITLALI FABIAN, an
 Oaxacan photographer, holds a BA in Photography from the Universidad Veracruzana, an MFA from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and a Photographic Preservation and Collection Management Certificate from the George Eastman Museum, supported by the C15 fellowship by Oaxaca State Culture Department. Her work explores different ways to address identity. She develops her projects in film and 19th century photographic processes like wet plate collodion and daguerreotype. Her work has been shown in solo and collective exhibitions in Mexico, USA, Spain and Argentina. Her work has been covered at the New York Times Lens Blog. Last year her Mestiza series was selected as one of the 13 favorite Lens Blog stories of 2018. This year her ongoing project I’m from Yalalag was also featured at the Lens blog. Also has been appeared in different media like Remezcla, Revista Cuartoscuro and IM Magazine among others. She is also a member of Woman Photograph and Natives Photograph collectives. Her work is part of the INBA/Toledo Collection, the Patricia Conde collection, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

PHOTOS:
© Citlali Fabián

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The BDC’s annual Women's Film Series returns for its 4th year! This year we have curated the festival around the stories of trailblazing women as told by women documentary filmmakers. The films in the 4th Annual Women’s Film Series take us through the journeys of women fighting for just causes against incredible odds.

This is the story of an American hero. One who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless. And yet few people know her name. This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985. Mankiller examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller and reunites the documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third and most powerful film.

 

Post-screening Q&A with director and producer Valerie Red-Horse Mohl.

 

BIO

VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL director/producer of MANKILLER is a filmmaker of Cherokee ancestry, Red-Horse Mohl’s body of work spans over three decades of film and television content creation and production. A graduate of UCLA’s Theater/Film Program, she has produced, directed and written over a dozen award-winning films and television programs including, NATURALLY NATIVE (Sundance Feature), TRUE WHISPERS: THE STORY OF THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS (PBS-also with Hurd), CHOCTAW CODE TALKERS (PBS-also with Hurd), POP HUNTER’S DEW DROP INN (PBS), DIVERSITY IN THE DELTA (PBS), MY INDIAN SUMMER (CBS) and BEAUTY (NBC).

Red-Horse Mohl is a member of the Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild and was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to her entertainment expertise, Ms. Red-Horse is an investment banker serving as owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc.; she holds seven FINRA securities licenses and has raised/structured over $3 billion in capital for American Indian Tribal Nations. RedHorse Mohl is also the founder of three nonprofit organizations.

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.


Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Bronx Senior Photo League

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Please join the BDC for a panel discussion to celebrate our current exhibition by the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL). Students, Carmen Adorno, Mildred Vega, and Maria Meza will be joined by BSPL teachers Rhynna M. Santos and Kamal Badhey. 

Since 2017 the Bronx Documentary Center has taught photography to Bronx seniors, members of the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), between the ages of 65 and 90. Our current exhibition of their work presents the Bronx through the eyes of these older adults as they explore family, friendship, and community.

The BSPL provides opportunities for older adults to develop skills in photography while promoting social connections and a sense of belonging within the program and the larger community. The BSPL is designed to meet underserved Bronx seniors’ needs for social interaction while providing opportunities to engage in challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a sense of confidence and a stronger sense of identity and belonging.


PHOTO: © Mildred Vega / Bronx Senior Photo League

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

From the Bronx to Maine

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Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) students have journeyed to Maine with BDC staff every August since 2016.

Join us for a conversation with several of the BJPL students as they discuss their experiences photographing Maine. The students will be joined by Karsten Moran, a regular contributor to The New York Times and André Beganski, of The New York Times. The discussion will be moderated by Mike Kamber, director of the BDC and a Maine native. 

 

BIOS

KARSTEN MORAN is a New York City-based photographer. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and was formerly the chief photographer and photo editor at the Riverdale Press, a Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly newspaper in the Bronx. He is a member of the National Press and the New York Press Photographers Associations and a contributor with Redux Pictures.

BRONX JUNIOR PHOTO LEAGUE The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is a free photography and journalism program created by the Bronx Documentary Center serving middle through high school students.

MIKE 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. 

 
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OneSight is offering free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses if needed.

Thursday, October 8th to Saturday, October 10th, 9AM to 4PM, at 614 Courtland Ave, Bronx, NY 10451. Registration is required.

To register for the clinic:
• Visit www.onesightclinics.org
• Select - REGISTRATION
• Choose Access code based on desired appointment day and time (see access codes and times below)
• Select – Language (English or Spanish)
• Complete Form

Date / Time / Access Codes:
Thursday, October 8th, 9-11AM | Access Code: 41384734
Thursday, October 8th, 12-2PM | Access Code: 40540831
Thursday, October 8th, 2-4PM, Access Code: 82700162

Friday, October 9th, 9-11AM | Access Code: 16748845
Friday, October 9th, 12-2PM | Access Code: 89896859
Friday, October 9th, 2-4PM | Access Code: 78114145

Saturday, October 10th, 9-11AM | Access Code: 20247829
Saturday, October 10th, 12-2PM | Access Code: 81602491
Saturday, October 10th, 2-4PM | Access Code: 28001836

 

Ayuda a Nueva York a Ver. Clínica de salud ocular @ Bronx Documentary Center!

Examen completo de la vista y prescripción de anteojos, si es necesario, totalmente gratuito.

Octubre 8-10, de 9AM a 4PM, 614 Courtland Ave, Bronx, NY 10451.

Cómo registrarse para la consulta:
• Acceda a: www.onesightclinics.org
• Seleccione - REGISTRATION
• Seleccione el código de acceso, con base en el día y la hora que quiera (ver tabla abajo)
• Seleccione – Idioma (Inglés o Español)
• Complete el formulario

Fechas / Horas / Código de acceso:
Jueves, Octubre 8, 9-11AM | Código de acceso: 41384734
Jueves, Octubre 8, 12-2PM | Código de acceso: 40540831
Jueves, Octubre 8, 2-4PM | Código de acceso: 82700162

Viernes, Octubre 9, 9-11AM | Código de acceso: 16748845
Viernes, Octubre 9, 12-2PM | Código de acceso: 89896859
Viernes, Octubre 9, 2-4PM | Código de acceso: 78114145

Sábado, Octubre 10, 9-11AM | Código de acceso: 20247829
Sábado, Octubre 10, 12-2PM | Código de acceso: 81602491
Sábado, Octubre 10, 2-4PM | Código de acceso: 28001836

IMAGE: © OneSight

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Trump Revolution: Immigration

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FEATURING

Greg Constantine | Kholood Eid | John Moore | Luis Antonio Rojas | Elliot Ross 
Griselda San Martin | Cinthya Santos-Briones | Laura Saunders

 

Through photos, words and multimedia, the BDC exhibition, Trump Revolution: Immigration, opening February 15th, documents the current president's overturning of decades of American immigration policy and law, and its profound effects on American society and the lives of millions of immigrants.

This is the first in a year-long series of Trump Revolution exhibitions examining America's societal and political transformation, one whose speed, reach and consequences are unmatched in our country's history.

On view: Feb 15 - Mar 29, 2020.

Esta es la primera exposición del año de una serie de exposiciones sobre Trump Revolution que examina la transformación social y política de Estados Unidos, cuya velocidad, alcance y consecuencias son inigualables en la historia de nuestro país.

Expuesta desde el 15 de Febrero al 29 de Marzo

The exhibition is curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera, and Executive Director Michael Kamber.

 


FEATURING

Antoine D'Agata | Olivia Arthur | Matt Black | Carolyn Drake in collaboration with Andres Gonzalez | Thomas Dworzak | Jim Goldberg | David Alan Harvey | Cristina De Middel | Radal Milach | Mark Power | Lua Ribeira  | Alessandra Sanguinetti | Jerome Sessini | Larry Towell | Peter Van Agtmael

Trump Revolution: Immigration will also feature LINEA: The Border Project by Magnum Photographers. In May 2019, they spent two weeks either side of the US-Mexico border in San Diego, Tijuana, Juarez and El Paso. Many have returned to the region since and continue to document an ever-evolving story.

LINEA: The Border Project was created to go beyond the conventions of an often melodramatic news cycle and the relentless political posturing that has defined public understanding of the Mexico-USA border. We are interested in the subtlety, complexity, humanity and beauty of the region and its people. We made this work and this show to reflect these ideas, and will bring it to public spaces across both countries and the political divide inside the USA. In an era of of polarizing rhetoric and relentless attempts at dehumanizing the other, we hope our work can serve as a counterpoint and an antidote.”

The exhibition is curated by Magnum Photos.

Spanish translation: Maite H. Mateo 

HEADER PHOTO: A Central American family rests by the side of the highway in the outskirts of Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico, on October 26, 2018. © Luis Antonio Rojas

INTERIOR PHOTO (L-R): Solis Home, South Point, TX. © Elliot Ross; © Cinthya Santos Briones

 

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—IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELED
 

Join ProPublica reporters Ginger Thompson, Adriana Gallardo, and Topher Sanders as they discuss their experiences reporting their Zero Tolerance series on family separation at the border. 

Zero Tolerance, which uncovered conditions at Border Patrol detention centers where thousands of children separated from their parents and unaccompanied minors have been sent, began with a source who had an explosive piece of information. Wanting to share it with a reporter they could trust, the source chose ProPublica senior reporter Ginger Thompson, who has spent nearly 20 years writing about the consequences of federal policy on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Their tip: nearly eight minutes of heart-wrenching audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility.

This initial story set off a political firestorm and spurred an immediate change in the immigration debate, spurring President Trump to reverse his policy of separating children detained at the border from their parents. ProPublica went on to look deeper into how children had been affected by the policy, presenting powerful, in-depth accounts of their time in the U.S. immigration system.

Learn more about ProPublica's "Zero Tolerance" reporting here.

About ProPublica
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Trump Revolution: Immigration which is on view at the BDC until March 29th, 2020.

PHOTO: © John Moore/Getty Images

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Watch the talk on our IGTV page here


Instagram Live Discussions: From Context + Life, To Method + Photo

  • Fri, Aug 7th, 3:30PM EST—Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer Adriana Loureiro Fernández
  • Sat, Aug 8th, 3:30PM EST—Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer César Rodríguez
  • Sun, Aug 9th, 3:30PM EST—Photographer/editor Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in conversation with exhibiting photographer Adriana Parrilla

In Latin America, the boundaries between the public and the private, the state and the citizens, are changing. Social movements, with a renewed push towards new currents of gender, environment and social justice, are gaining ground to present their views and demand paradigm changes outside the established status quo. The current world crisis unleashed by the appearance of the novel coronavirus also poses significant changes and revisions regarding civil and social responsibilities, the role of science, health, faith, technology, government, the global economy, lifestyle and in the way we relate socially (face to face and with social distancing).  

How do the political and social context of their countries affect or inspire their photography? Are their photos their own vessel of expression or are they used to be the voice of others? Does their practice begin by searching or do the stories find them? How does the approach to their work affect the final outcome? Is their editing process part of the effectiveness to communicate their message? Can photographers find ways to unleash these particular moments we are passing through? Is this crisis an opportunity to expand our sense of what photography is or should be? 

These are some of the questions that will come up during the Instagram conversations in: "From CONTEXT+LIFE, To METHOD+PHOTO", which presents Latin American photographers Adriana Loureiro Fernández (Venezuela), and César Rodríguez (Mexico), in conversation with photographer and editor Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo (Colombia). 

This event is held in conjunction with Bronx Documentary Center's 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival. To view the photographer’s work before the presentations please visit LAFFBDC.org. Find the BDC on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

IMAGE: Mayerlin Barasalte and her sister wait for fishermen to return with the catch of the night. The town depends almost entirely on fishermen for food. Parmana, Venezuela. December 4th, 2019. © Adriana Loureiro Fernández

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For our 6th Annual Women’s Film Series we have selected a lineup of films focusing on agents of change, women who are playing critical, big picture roles during challenging times.

Due to the COVID pandemic, our series this year will not include the screening of the films. It will consist of virtual Q&As/conversations with the directors of the films and those who worked on it with them.  

All In: The Fight for Democracy examines the issue of voter suppression in the US. The film interweaves personal experiences with activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our country from the beginning. With the expertise of Stacey Abrams, the film offers an insider’s look into the barriers to voting.

Please join us on Saturday, October 24th, at 6:30M EST for a virtual Q&A discussion with award-winning filmmaker and producer Lisa Cortés.

The film is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video with a subscription. 

BIO

Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award® nominated and Emmy-winning Producer and Director. She is renowned for creating challenging, visionary stories and has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices. The film Precious (2009), which she executive produced, received the Sundance Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for best drama. Marking the acting debut of Gabourey Sidibe, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two. 2019’s Emmy-winning, The Apollo, an HBO documentary, explores African American cultural and political history through the story of the legendary Apollo Theater. Her directorial debut, The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2019), traces the impact of street fashion and African American creativity on global cultural trends and was recently released on Netflix. Cortés current project, All In: The Fight For Democracy; which she co-directed with Liz Garbus and produced with Stacey Abrams, Dan Cogan and Garbus was released by Amazon Studios. Her early career as a music executive was launched at the iconic Def Jam label and Rush Artist Management; she also was VP of Artist & Repertoire at Mercury Records and founded the Loose Cannon label. Her film productions have received over 70 international awards and nominations. She is a graduate of Yale University.

IMAGE:  © All In: The Fight for Democracy

 
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—THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT—
But spots for our FUJIFILM Scholarship are still available. Scroll down for more information.
Deadline: July 17th, 2020

Get your work seen during 5 one-on-one virtual sessions with the industry’s top photo editors. Register today!

The portfolio review will be held over two days. The ticket price covers both days. Schedules vary depending on reviewer selection.
Saturday, August 1st | 10AM-1PM
Sunday, August 2nd | 10AM-1PM

Registration Deadline: July 17th 11:59PM

Sign up to meet and get critiqued by the top photo editors and photographers from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Reuters and more. You will have the chance to meet one-on-one in a virtual review for twenty minutes with 5 of the following reviewers:

KAINAZ AMARIA Visuals Editor, VOX

SANDY CIRIC Director of Photography, Getty Images News

SAMANTHA CLARK Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic

MIKE DAVIS Director, The Alexia Foundation

JAMES ESTRIN Photo Editor, The New York Times

JILLIAN KUMAGAI Producer, ProPublica

BRENT LEWIS Photo Editor, The New York Times & Co-Founder, Diversify Photo

EVE LYONS Photo Editor, The New York Times

NICK KIRKPATRICK Photo Editor, The Washington Post

STEPHEN MAYES Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust

KARA MILSTEIN Photo Editor, TIME

MARVIN ORELLANA Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker

MEGHAN PETERSON Deputy Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal

CORRINE PERKINS North America Editor, Reuters Pictures

LAURA ROMANOS Executive Producer and Cofounder, Photoville

SIMONE SALVO Manager of Communications and Events, Magnum Foundation

PALOMA SHUTES Photo Editor, The California Sunday Magazine & Pop-Up Magazine

ARIEL ZAMBELICH Senior Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal

and more to be added soon!

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

Prior to the review, the BDC will ask you to submit your top 10 choices for reviewers. We will do our best to match you with your selections.


FUJIFILM SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline: July 17th 11:59PM

There are ten scholarship spots available for BIPOC New York City-based photographers, with a few of these spots being held for Bronx based photographers. This scholarship is generously made possible by FUJIFILM. To apply for the scholarship, please send the following to info@bronxdoc.org:

  • A short statement discussing your work, how the portfolio would be beneficial, as well as where you are based in New York City
  • 10 images from any body of work with captions

The images need to be lo-res .jpg files zipped in a folder with your name. The zipped folder should be attached to the email with your statement or sent via WeTransfer.

The scholarship application is due no later than 11PM on Friday, July 17th. Submissions received after this time will not be reviewed. Please note these submissions will not be judged by BDC staff or volunteers; professional photo editors will be making the final decision.

Email info(at)bronxdoc.org if you have any questions.

 

 

© Joana Torro / Bronx Documentary Center

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Panel Discussion

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Please join exhibiting photographers Katie Orlinsky and Kadir van Lohuizen for a virtual discussion on their work in the arctic and the long term effects of melting ice. They will be joined by Washington Post Editor Nick Kirkpatrick and BDC Founder and Executive Director, Mike Kamber.



Katie Orlinsky’s work Chasing Winter is a photographic project that explores how climate change is challenging communities across Alaska, and transforming the relationship between people, animals, and land. Scientists call Alaska “ground zero” for climate change, and 2014 was the state’s warmest year on record. But climate change in Alaska means more than just warm weather; it means snow that arrives later in the fall, a spring thaw that happens sooner, vanishing sea ice, retreating glaciers, an explosion of wildfires, intense storms, and diminishing natural habitats pressuring hundreds of local animal species along with the people who depend on them. 

Kadir van Lohuizen’s work Arctic: The New Frontier, in collaboration with Yuri Kozyrev focuses on the consequences of the melting of the sea ice for our planet, and the medium-term prospect of its total disappearance. Yuri Kozrev traveled towards the East and Kadir van Lohuizen headed West. Each of them traveled halfway across the Arctic Circle to meet in the Bering Strait, their aim was to explore what could happen to the planet as sea ice melts and eventually disappears altogether. 

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis. The exhibition is curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera, and Executive Director Michael Kamber. The online exhibition will be available to view on May 23, 2020 at www.trumprevolutionbdc.org


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KATIE ORLINSKY was born and raised in New York City and began her career as a photographer thirteen years ago. She has photographed all over the world documenting everything from conflict and social issues to wildlife and sports. For the past five years Katie’s work has focused on climate change, exploring the transforming relationship between people, animals and the land in the Arctic. Katie is a contributing photographer with National Geographic and work is frequently published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian Magazine among others. She has won numerous awards over the course of her career from institutions such as the Art Director’s Club, PDN30, Visa Pour L’image and Pictures of the Year International. She was the 2016 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography winner and the 2016 Paris Match Female Photojournalist of the Year. She received a Masters's degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and in 2018 was named the Snedden Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

KADIR VAN LOHUIZEN has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He has received numerous prizes, including two World Press Photo awards. In September 2007, he and ten others established the NOOR agency (Amsterdam, New York). He became a member of the supervisory board of World Press Photo in 2008. He has published several photobooks, including Diamond Matters, Aderen and Vía PanAm (in collaboration with Paradox).

NICK KIRKPATRICK is a photo editor at The Washington Post where he collaborates across the newsroom on special projects and stories, including with the paper's award-winning Investigative unit. Nick's work has been recognized by numerous awards from the Overseas Press Club of America, Best of Photojournalism, the National Press Foundation and Pictures of the Year International. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and The Danish School of Journalism, Nick worked as a freelance visual journalist for The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera English and The Post. He joined Washington's premiere newspaper in late 2013 as a founding partner of Morning Mix, The Post's overnight breaking news and general assignment team where he produced visually-driven stories contributing to the section's massive growth in readership. Since joining The Post, Nick has worked with the foreign desk as the International Photo Editor and has launched a number of innovative projects and initiatives. Most recently, he was part of a small interdisciplinary team working in close collaboration with Google to develop a visual storytelling format tailored to mobile audiences. Nick is a faculty member at the Eddie Adams Workshop and has served on juries for the Military Photographer. 

PHOTO:
 Greenland, July 2018. Icebergs in front of Oqaatsut. Only 50 people live in the community of which most used to be hunters. Nowadays due to the instability of the sea ice its much more difficult to hunt for sea mammals like whales and seals. © Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR for Carmignac foundation

 

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BDC Photobook

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The 4-day workshop runs two consecutive weekends:
Day 1: Sat, February 23rd, 10AM-5PM
Day 2: Sun, February 24th, 10AM-5PM
Day 3: Sat, March 2nd, 10AM-5PM
Day 4: Sun, March 3rd, 10AM-5PM
 
In this class, presentations and hands-on workshop sessions will guide students through the processes of editing for a book: sequencing, designing, typesetting, and deciding what printed form their project should take. The course will focus on the steps leading up to the actual production and printing of a book. Other topics include demonstrations of best practices in Adobe InDesign, finding the right format, and approach to the production which might best suit their project. Students will leave this class with a complete mock-up/dummy of their book.

Participants should come in with 4x6 work prints (laser or CVS prints ok) of a wide edit (50-100 images) from a single completed body of work that they want to make into book form. They will also need digital files of those images. The class will focus on conceiving the book form, not producing more photography.

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BONNIE BRIANT originally from Rhode Island, moved to New York to study photography at the Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation, she began working for Yolanda Cuomo at her design studio, as well as helping Sylvia Plachy as an assistant. She currently works full time at Yolanda's studio as Associate Designer, as well as freelancing in design and photography. Bonnie’s work centers around ideas and issues with memories, about the cyclical nature of memory and time.
 
BOBBIE RICHARDSON hails from Houston, TX and works part-time as a Junior Designer at Yolanda Cuomo Design as well as maintaining several freelance clients. She has helped produce and design internationally distributed books, magazines, and many other objects. Whether it is books, magazines, menus, exhibitions, or any other printed object, she brings her passion and genuine enjoyment of design and collaboration to each and every project.


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Location: BDC's St. Mary's Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx 

The BDC presents a special double feature of award-winning documentaries Hondros and Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.

Hondros explores the life of photojournalist Chris Hondros, two-time Pulitzer finalist who was killed by hostile fire in Libya. The film directed by Chris Hondros’ childhood friend Greg Campbell takes viewers on a global journey to meet those in Chris's most influential photos, and to uncover their little-known backstories.

Which Way is the Front Line Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington is a moving portrait of the acclaimed war photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington by his RESTREPO co-director—journalist Sebastian Junger. The Hollywood Reporter called it, “An expertly gauged epilogue to the life of a distinguished photographer whose emotional stake in his work elevated it beyond journalism.”

The first screening will promptly start at 6PM. Light fare will be provided between screenings. The second screening will follow at 8PM.

This event is held in conjunction with our exhibition War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on view at the BDC from Oct 26 - Dec 16, 2018.

Please RSVP here
Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. 


BIOS

Director
SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War and Tribe. As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film Restrepo a feature-length documentary (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Junger has since produced and directed three additional documentaries about war and its aftermath. Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?, Korengal and The Last Patrol. Junger has also written for magazines including Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and Men's Journal.

Director
GREG CAMPBELL is an award-winning journalist, author, and director, who has written for such publications as The Economist, WSJ Magazine, Paris Match, The Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times and Amnesty Magazine, among others. He is the author of three nonfiction books, Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History, The Road to Kosovo and Blood Diamonds. The latter served as inspiration for the Oscar-nominated 2006 film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly. Campbell is also a producer and director, known for Hondros, Chain of Command, and Surviving an ISIS Massacre. He has won more than two dozen journalism awards from the Inland Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Reporters and Editors, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated.


Header photos: (L-R) © National Geographic; © Scout Tufankjian

 
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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Jodi Bieber

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BDC

614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451


The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes photographer Jodi Bieber for an artist talk on Thursday, April 25th. Bieber will discuss the process behind several of her long-term personal projects. 

Over the past 20 years, Bieber has looked at contemporary and universal issues; gangsterism, women who murdered their husbands, illegality and repatriation, domestic violence, shifting stereotypes on beauty, masculinity, and living in a township like Soweto, and most recently what young people want for South Africa through a poster campaign. 


BIO

JODI BIEBER'S professional career began covering the 1994 Democratic Elections in South Africa for The Star Newspaper after attending three short courses at The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. A turning point in her career was her selection for the World Press Masterclass held in the Netherlands in 1996. This opened the door to international assignment for international magazines and NGO’s for Bieber. 

Jodi Bieber has won numerous international awards including the Premier Award at World Press Photo in 2010. In 2018, she was nominated as one of the Hundred Heroines in the world by The Royal Photographic Society celebrating Women in Photography and the centenary year of Women’s Suffrage in the UK. Bieber has completed four monographs: Between Darkness and Light – Selected works: South Africa 1994-2010 ; Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa, 1996; Soweto, 2010 and Real Beauty, 2014. Work from these projects and others has been featured in solo exhibitions and group shows in South Africa and abroad. Her photographs can be found in significant collections such as, The Artur Walther Collection, The François Pinault Collection, The Johannesburg Art Gallery and Iziko Museums Collection. Currently, Bieber mentors photography students on their grant producing projects, lectures, and gives photographic workshops all over the world.

 
HEADER From the Series: Come Hang with Us: Gangsterism in Westbury. © Jodi Bieber

 

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The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes author Kevin C. Fitzpatrick and renowned Bronx photographer Joe Conzo Jr, for a book talk and slideshow. Fitzpatrick and Conzo will present work from their guidebook, 111 Places in Da Bronx That You Must Not Miss.

The northernmost borough of New York City is buzzing with creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, thanks to the history and strong sense of community that make the Bronx so unique. In his new guidebook, 111 Places in Da Bronx That You Must Not Miss, author Kevin C. Fitzpatrick reveals the startling places and intriguing stories hidden throughout this fabled borough, along with the people who are taking the Bronx to new heights today. Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs by photographer Joe Conzo.

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Photographer
JOE CONZO JR. co-author of Born in the Bronx, has been documenting the people of his native borough since the 1970s. As the first graduating class of South Bronx High School, Conzo came up as the official photographer for the Cold Crush Brothers at the dawn of Hip Hop. From the school gymnasiums to the local Police Athletic League, Conzo documented the first generation of DJs and MCs as they invented an art form that brought the creativity of the streets to the world. His entire collection will reside in the permanent Hip Hop archive at Cornell University. Joe Conzo Jr. continues to lecture, meet with young people, exhibit his work, and attend international events.

Author
KEVIN C. FITZPATRICK is a third-generation New Yorker and the author and editor of seven books tied to New York City history, including guides to Governors Island, Jazz Age Manhattan, literary landmarks, and the city’s ties to WWI. Kevin has been a licensed NYC sightseeing guide for 20 years, leading tours of places from Woodlawn Cemetery to the Statue of Liberty, which he has climbed more than 200 times.

PHOTOS: © Joe Conzo Jr.

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BDC
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

Market Photo Workshop (MPW) celebrates 30 years since David Goldblatt founded the non-profit photography education center in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1989. This exhibition honors MPW’s three decades of photography, multimedia training programs, and public programming to help bring photography to the forefront of social consciousness in South Africa and around the world.

Photography was introduced to Africa via the colonial gaze, but MPW has helped shift the dynamic to new stories that challenge former degrading and racist perspectives. Activism and liberation movements during the times of oppression in the late 20th century encouraged journalism and documentary photography to thrive in South Africa. As people fought for their independence, photography was used as a tool to challenge the power structure’s narratives and show the realities of key political and historical events. The work of MPW has also become a powerful resource in documenting current issues, which helps set the conversation for the future—and gives individuals the power to create their own narratives.


These new images and narratives reached around the globe, crossing boundaries of language, culture and background. In recent decades, South African photography and MPW have been at the center of these timelines and have played a key role in creating social consciousness in the minds of viewers. The cliché, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is relevant in this context.

Barriers are broken and worlds are brought together by single images. With this in mind, we have an opportunity now to look at the MPW alumni who have come through our courses, mentorship and fellowship programs to present the stories and new narratives they have created. The images presented in this exhibition aim to show the contemporary role of photography in South Africa and explore how photographers who studied at MPW view their communities and the society at large.

This exhibition was curated by Nathi Khumalo, Khona Dlamini, Lekgetho Makola, Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

Transitions: South Africa | Market Photo Workshop is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, The Donnelley Foundation, and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.


HEADER: Lefa on duty, as he tries to stop his cow from exiting the kraal to go to the open field. Outskirts of Orlando West. © Kabelo Mokoena, 22 years old. Soweto, South Africa

INTERIOR PHOTOS: (L-R) This image is from the series “MOOKER." © John Wessel, 32 years old. Free State South Africa; This image is from the series "The Usual Suspect," Vrededorp, Johannesburg. © Siphoshile Mkhwanazi, 29 years old. Gauteng, South Africa.

 

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In response to concerns around COVID-19 the Bronx Documentary Center has

canceled all gallery hours until further notice. This exhibition will open as an online gallery. 

FEATURING

 

Matthew Almeydas | Gianna Almonte | Fanny Aucacama | Jared Birks | Paloma Boyewa-Osborne | Justin Brefo | Heidi Calderon | Elisa Luna Cameron |  Brandon Carchipulla | Anastasia Cardona | Izaiah Cardona | Ana Carmona | Raymond Castillo | Olympia Chen | Jade Delilah Parks | Fanta Diop | Awa Fofana | Fritzi Garcia | Alberto Garcia | Lucki Islam | Savannah Juste | Tiara Maldonado | Tianna Maldonado | Taylor Moorman | Sophia Morales | Reynaldo Olivera | Alexa Pacheco | Carlos Pacheco | Chloe Rodriguez | Pamela Rozon | Tara Smalls | Paola Soto | Nnyala Stark | Adanna Taylor | Eliezer Vargas | Brian Velez | Dylan Velez | Lorena Vicente | Gianni Zambrano


 

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is proud to present the work of our 11-to-18-year-old Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) students, all created during their time in quarantine.

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) se enorgullece de presentar el trabajo de nuestros estudiantes de la Bronx Junior Photo League de entre 11 a 18 años, todos creados durante el tiempo de cuarentena.

 

Students in the  BJPL, the Bronx Documentary Center’s free documentary storytelling and college success program for 6th through 12th grade students, have been documenting social justice issues and community-based stories since 2013. Beginning in October each year, BJPL students learn how to make strong photos and to engage with the community beyond the classroom. They photograph and interview local businesses and organizations, neighbors we know, and many we don’t. By February, students begin formulating story ideas for their final projects, multimedia stories, and photo essays. They spend 2-3 months working on these projects, editing in Adobe Premiere and making prints in the BDC’s darkroom. 
 

On March 12, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the BDC made the decision to suspend all programs and move to remote learning. Our BJPL teaching staff spent two weeks revamping our longstanding curriculum and ensured that our students and their families had the support needed not only to participate in photography classes, but to stay as connected and healthy as possible. We delivered laptops by car and bicycle, paired every student with a BJPL teacher for weekly wellness check-ins, and provided groceries and disinfectant supplies to households in need. We built on our existing community in a virtual space, holding weekly creative sessions--most often led by students--for dance parties, drawing, and protest-solidarity sign-making that continued through the end of the semester. 

On March 30th, BJPL classes resumed with a 10-week-long virtual program with a new curriculum building on the compositional, technical, and storytelling skills our students have been learning since the fall. They photographed themselves, their homes, and collaborated with peers through photo dialogues and remote portrait sessions. They created visual and written explorations of their experiences during this time, finding ways to tell stories about mental health, undocumented families, religious practices, and life under lockdown, as well as the direct consequences of COVID-19, including recovering from illness and losing loved ones. 

The coronavirus has touched everyone’s life in some way, but the South Bronx, the poorest urban congressional district in the United States, has had the highest rates of coronavirus cases in the country. Throughout our short history, our Bronx Junior Photo League students have always risen to the occasion to decry and document injustices. They’ve stood against climate change, unequal housing opportunities, and violence--just this December, BJPL students demanded safe streets, rallying against a shooting on our block that injured five--and now are safely protesting police violence. So it is no surprise that, despite surviving a global crisis, they have continued to dig deeper on the stories that are important to them, exploring and engaging with the world around them--albeit now a much smaller physical reality. 

There are nearly 40 projects presented in this year-end celebration of our BJPL students’ work. These stories, from the too-often-unseen empathetic lens of our youth, are a critical testament of this crucial time in our country’s history.

MAIN IMAGE: “Blurred images of reality. Not thinking clearly.” This image is a part of a visual record of the photographer’s mental health throughout the pandemic. © Elisa Luna Cameron / Bronx Documentary Center

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Adam Pape: Dyckman Haze

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Dyckman Haze
by Adam Pape is a curious story about the parks of Manhattan and the people who escape there to reinvent themselves in the form of a photobook. Pape pictures the parks as transformative places which lend themselves to ordinary and not-so-ordinary encounters.

In the city there are ways to escape the grid and walk along lines unseen. The city parks of New York offer this escape, eliciting both alienation and intoxication. They allow citizens and nature a space for growth and a second city away from eyes on the street. Adam Pape’s photographs utilize the city parks in Washington Heights and Inwood as the backdrop for a narrative that unfolds in between day and night. Like a churches and temples, parks are transformative. Here, young people have a public stage where they can try on different roles in the dark. Other citizens wander, fish, smoke, and pass time while animals lurk in the urban fringes, a reminder of nature’s promises and perils. These monochromatic images, directed by Pape and artificially lit, depict an ongoing exchange between humans, animals, and the landscape. In the furthest reach of Manhattan, sectioned off from further development, history and myth are at play.


Bio
ADAM PAPE is a photographer based in New York City. Born in Smithfield Virginia, he earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and his MFA from Yale in 2016. His work has appeared in several publications including The New Yorker Magazine. His photographs from Inwood and Washington Heights will be published in his upcoming monograph Dyckman Haze with MACK Books. 

MACK is an independent art and photography publishing house based in London. Mack works with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, and cultural institutions, releasing between 20-25 books per year. The publisher was founded in 2010 in London by Michael Mack.


Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.

 
HEADER PHOTO: © Adam Pape


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The Bronx Documentary Center will be joined by two special guests from Johannesburg's very own Market Photo Workshop (MPW), Nathi Khumalo and Cebisile Mbonani, will share documentary projects they made while at MPW and talk about their experiences as young photographers in Johannesburg. This talk is being held in conjunction with the BDC's current exhibition, "Transitions: South Africa".

This year, MPW celebrates 30 years since David Goldblatt founded the non-profit photography education center in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1989. The exhibition in the BDC's gallery honors MPW’s three decades of photography, multimedia training programs, and public programming to help bring photography to the forefront of social consciousness in South Africa and around the world.


© Cebisile Mbonani


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—IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Please join exhibiting Magnum Photos photographer Peter van Agtmael for an evening exploring our current exhibition. He will present work and lead a guided tour of Magnum's collective exhibition LINEA: The Border Project currently on view at the BDC.

In May 2019, Magnum photographers spent two weeks on either side of the US-Mexico border in San Diego, Tijuana, Juarez and El Paso. Work from Magnum Photo’s project is featured for the first time in the BDC’s exhibition Trump Revolution: Immigration.

“LINEA: The Border Project" was created to go beyond the conventions of an often melodramatic news cycle and the relentless political posturing that has defined public understanding of the Mexico-USA border. We are interested in the subtlety, complexity, humanity and beauty of the region and its people. We made this work and this show to reflect these ideas, and will bring it to public spaces across both countries and the political divide inside the USA. In an era of polarizing rhetoric and relentless attempts at dehumanizing the other, we hope our work can serve as a counterpoint and an antidote.”—Magnum Photos

Magnum Photographers featured in the exhibition will include Antoine d’Agata, Olivia Arthur, Matt Black, Carolyn Drake in collaboration with Andres Gonzales, Thomas Dworzak, Jim Goldberg, David Alan Harvey, Cristina De Middel, Rafal Milach, Mark Power, Lua Ribeira, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jerome Sessini, Larry Towell and Peter van Agtmael.

 

Bio
PETER VAN AGTMAEL was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale. His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He also works extensively on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News. His book, 'Disco Night Sept 11,' on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014 by Red Hook Editions. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye. "Buzzing at the Sill," a book about America in the shadows of the wars, will come out in Fall 2016. He is a founder and partner in Red Hook Editions. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.

About Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo.

PHOTO: MEXICO. May, 2019. Traveling along the U.S./Mexico border in Tijuana. © Jim Goldberg / Magnum Photos

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Covid-19 in Latin America

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Covid Latam is a collective project that chronicles the development of Covid-19 in Latin America through the point of view of eighteen photographers, 9 men and 9 women. Documenting the pandemic since the beginning of the outbreak in 13 countries (Colombia, Brasil, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba and México) their work ranges from the intimacy of their homes to a more global vision with varied perspectives in different regions of the continent.


Please join photographers Eliana Aponte (Cuba), Sebastián Gil Miranda (Argentina), Alejandro Cegarra (Mexico) and Andrea Hernández Briceño (Venezuela) virtually as they discuss their goals as a collective and their experiences working during the pandemic.


You can join the webinar at the link below or you may view the Livestream which will be embedded on this page on the event date at 6PM.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88441953357


Follow Covid Latam's Instagram account at @covidlatam


This event is held in conjunction with our 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our indoor galleries will remain closed: this photo festival will be made up of outdoor banners and projections as well as the virtual component viewable at bronxdoc.org. On view July 25-August 2, 2020.


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: Cuban soldiers are already beginning to be seen on the streets of the city, they are in charge of disinfecting streets, parks, bus stops, and everything that is public and thus attack the virus, April 15, 2020. © Eliana Aponte

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Voter Registration Assistance

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Your vote is your voice! This Saturday, the BDC will have a table with voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications available. In addition, there will be computers available to register online. Forms will be available in both English and Spanish. Address: 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
*Social distancing rules will be followed and masks will be required. This event will take place outside of the gallery.
¡Tu voto es tu voz! Este sábado, el BDC tendrá una mesa con formularios para registrar votantes y solicitudes de boleta ausente disponibles. Además, habrá computadoras disponibles para registrarse en línea. Los formularios estarán disponibles en inglés y español. Dirección: 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
* Reglas de distanciamiento social y mascarillas serán requeridas. Este evento se llevará a cabo fuera de la galería.
 
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7th Annual

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BDC ANNEX

364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455 

Get your work seen during 5 one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top photo editors. 
Register here today!

Sign up to meet and get critiqued by the top photo editors and photographers from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Intercept, Reuters and more.

You will have the chance to meet one-on-one for twenty minutes with 5 of the following reviewers:

LAYLAH AMATULLAH BARRAYN Documentary Photographer & co-author, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora
DUDLEY M. BROOKS Deputy Director of Photography, The Washington Post
SANDY CIRIC Director of Photography, Getty Images News
SAMANTHA CLARK Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic
KRYSTAL GROW
 Senior Producer, United Photo Industries & Senior Photo Editor, Getty Images
MARGARET KEADY Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal
NICK KIRKPATRICK Photo Editor, The Washington Post
JILLIAN KUMAGAI Producer, ProPublica 
BRENT LEWIS Photo Editor, The New York Times & Co-Founder, Diversify Photo
EVE LYONS Photo Editor, The New York Times 
KAREN MARKS Director, Howard Greenberg Gallery
MARIE MONTELEONE North America Visual Media Assignment Editor, Bloomberg News
CORRINE PERKINS North America Editor, Reuters Pictures
KATHY RYAN Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine
SIMONE SALVO Manager of Communications and Events, Magnum Foundation
PALOMA SHUTES Photo Editor, The California Sunday Magazine & Pop-Up Magazine
BRENDAN EMBSER Managing Editor, Aperture Magazine
DAMON WINTER Staff Photographer, The New York Times
KYLA WOODS Content Curator and Community Manager, Blink
ARIEL ZAMBELICH Senior Photo Editor, The Intercept 




Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Prior to the review, the BDC will ask you to submit your top 10 choices for reviewers. We will do our best to match you to your selections.

Throughout the day, you can relax and enjoy yourselves in the BDC’s intimate backyard patio and Tim Hetherington Photo Book Library. The BDC will also provide lunch by Xochimilco, the Bronx’s finest Mexican restaurant.


FUJIFILM BRONX SCHOLARSHIP

There are five scholarship spots available for Bronx-based photographers generously provided by FUJIFILM. To apply for the scholarship, please send the following to info@bronxdoc.org:

  • A short statement discussing your work and how the portfolio would be beneficial.

  • 10 images from any body of work with captions.

The images need to be lo-res .jpg files zipped in a folder with your name. The zipped folder should be attached to the email with your statement or sent via WeTransfer.


The scholarship application is due no later than 11PM on Sunday, April 21st. Submissions received after this time will not be reviewed. Please note these submissions will not be judged by BDC staff or volunteers; professional photo editors will be making the final decision.


Email info(at)bronxdoc.org if you have any questions.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

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Location:
BDC's St. Mary's Annex, 364 East 151st St, Bx


Pray the Devil Back to Hell
is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who – armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions - came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the warlords, and brought peace to their shattered country.

Post-screening Q&A with award-winning director Gini Reticker, community organizer Jennifer Gray-Brumskine, and the New York Immigration Coalition community engagement manager Kemah George.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

This event is held in conjunction with our exhibition War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on view at the BDC from Oct 26 - Dec 16, 2018.


Director
GINI RETICKER is an Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated director and producer with a distinguished career that spans more than twenty years. She recently directed The Trials of Spring, which has played at human rights festivals around the world and was accompanied by six shorts that launched on The New York Times website. The film chronicles a young woman’s journey from an Egyptian village to her role as an international human rights activist. Reticker previously won the Tribeca Best Documentary Award for Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the story of Liberian women whose actions helped bring an end to a brutal civil war. She received an Academy Award nomination for the short film Asylum, recounting one woman’s journey to political asylum in the U.S., and was nominated for an Emmy for producing A Decade Under the Influence. Reticker was one of the creators of Women, War & Peace for PBS, executive produced Abigail Disney’s The Armor of Light, and co-produced The Betrayal (Nerahkoon), which was nominated for both an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award. Reticker served as an executive producer on 1971, Cameraperson, Alias Ruby Blade, Citizen Koch, Hot Girls Wanted, and She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (all supported by Fork Films).


JENNIFER GRAY-BRUMSKINE
came to the United States from Liberia in the late 1980s. Her community organizing around Liberia started in 1996 when the story of a ship carrying over 2,000 Liberians fleeing their homeland with nowhere to dock spread across the news. She joined a small group of Liberian women who rallied at the UN to move them to help the stranded ship. As a result of their efforts, the UN brokered a deal that allowed the ship to dock in Ghana on April 16th, 1996. Gray-Brumskine subsequently connected with other Liberian women to advocate for the children of Liberia and created the “International Mothers of Liberia.” In 2007 she co-founded the Staten Island Black Heritage Family Day Parade. She is an active member of many organizations on Staten Island including, the Staten Island Liberian Association (SILCA), where she served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Jennifer Gray-Brumskine is a graduate of Yale University Women’s Campaign School and the CORO New York Leadership Center’s Immigrant Civic Leadership program.


KEMAH GEORGE
 is the New York Immigration Coalition Community Engagement Manager. Kemah works to strengthen immigrant communities through education and engagement. In her advocacy role, she supports the Black Immigrant Engagement Initiative and Know Your Rights workshops. Prior to joining the NYIC, Kemah served as the Coordinator of Social Justice at the YWCA Brooklyn, where she developed programs and implemented social justice initiatives for women and girls. She also assisted in the development of the Central American Minors program at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, MD and facilitated community orientation sessions for newly arrived refugees at the IRC in Atlanta, GA.

Kemah was born in Brooklyn, New York to Liberian immigrants. She holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, a Master's of Public Policy from George Mason University, and a B.S.Ed in English Education from The University of Georgia.



Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

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The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is proud to present our 6th Annual Photo Auction Benefit.

Our 6th Annual Photo Auction Benefit will be held virtually this year from October 8, 2020 through October 22, 2020.

To give back to the many Bronx photographers who work with us, we're sharing 50% of proceeds with Bronx photographers in need of financial support due to COVID-19. This means that every print sold will directly benefit our program participants and the Bronx photographers who inspire them the most.

This year's 6th Annual Photo Auction will include beautifully printed photographs by artists including Stephanie Foden, Johis Alarcón, Daniella Zalcman, Inbal Abergil, and Mauricio Palos. Each of these photographs depict the vibrant landscapes and narratives of the world, and have been part of projects featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, and more.

Auction prints and photobooks will be available to bid on from 8:00 AM EST October 8th through 8:00 PM EST on October 22nd.

This year's auction will culminate in a virtual celebration at 7:00 PM EST on October 22, 2020. 

View the Prints Here

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
   
 
 

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HEADER IMAGE:
A man looks out on to the Paraguaçu river of his small town Santiago do Iguape during Carnaval festivities. © Stephanie Foden

INTERIOR IMAGES:
(Top row, L-R): © Mauricio Palos; © Jared Soares
(Second row, L-R): © Johis Alarcon; © Richard Sandler

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Patrick Brown

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The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes photographer Patrick Brown, recipient of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for an artist talk and book launch. Brown will present work from his award-winning photobook No Place on Earth.

Since 2017, Brown has documented the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis and one of the most rapid human outflows in recent history. Risking death at sea or on foot, more than 700,000 Rohingya fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh. Arriving at the makeshift camps, most refugees reported harrowingly consistent stories of murder and rape, all of which testify to a deliberate campaign of eradication.

No Place On Earth provides an intimate portrait of the survivors of the recent persecution and their bleak conditions in overcrowded refugee camps.

The publication of the book No Place on Earth was made possible with the support of: Pulitzer Center, Grodzins Fund, Fujifilm, World Press Photo, Fortify Rights.

The hardcover book No Place On Earth contains 98 color photographs with associated texts by Jason Motlagh an introduction by Matthew Smith director of Fortify Rights and the design by the renowned book designer Stuart Smith. Learn more about the book here. The book No Place on Earth is available at the FotoEvidence bookstore.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo on view at the BDC until June 9th, 2019.

 

BIO

PATRICK BROWN’s images are a testament to his remarkable versatility of approach and commitment to the profession. Patrick Brown has assembled an impressive volume of outstanding photographs, tracing the eclecticism of our time across the globe. Faultless in the portrayal of the human condition, hopes, and disillusionment, the every day and the extraordinary are captured in the instinctive and the single releases of the shutter. An ongoing journey of discovery, Patrick’s subjects as well as the process of photography are imbued with the freshness and the enthusiasm animated by the perfect marriage of technique and intuition.

FotoEvidence Press was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression, and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. Photographs have not only changed people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history. For eight years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo.  The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity. 

MAIN PHOTO: Patrick Brown © 2019 Panos/UNICEF

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Knock Down the House

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This year we have curated our 5th Annual Women's Film Series around the stories of the Bronx as told by women documentary filmmakers. 

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

Director
RACHEL LEARS has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Culture and Media from NYU. She made her feature documentary directing debut with Aves de paso(2009) and co-directed The Hand That Feeds (2014), winner of Audience Awards at DOC NYC and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and a nominee for a News & Documentary Emmy. Says she of Knock Down the House, “After the 2016 election, I wanted to tell a big story about people changing American politics in big ways and about power — how it works and how to achieve it. I wanted to tell a story about people working to build solidarity across social divides, and about the intersections of economics and injustice based on race, gender, and other aspects of identity.”

The 5th Annual Women's Film Series was curated by Jon Santiago.

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.

Questions? Please call 347-270-2055

PHOTO: © Knock Down the House

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

City of Ghosts

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BDC Annex
364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455  

Join the BDC for a screening of the award-winning documentary City of Ghosts. Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy–winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts tells the story of a group of Syrian civilian journalists, who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, risking their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland.

Join us for post-screening discussion with Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of the citizen journalist collective Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently featured in the documentary. Moderated by journalist Rozina Ali.


To learn more about Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), visit: www.raqqa-sl.com/en/.


BIOS
ABDALAZIZ ALHAMZA is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender activist and IT trainer. He is the founder and spokesperson of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) which is a nonpartisan, independent organization that exposes the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime, ISIS & other groups in Syria. Abdalaziz started non-volatile protests and demonstrations against the Syrian regime in 2011 and was arrested by the regime three times in 2012. The Islamic State Group (ISIS) interrogated him more than one time about his activism. After ISIS took control of his hometown, Raqqa in January 2014, he escaped to Turkey and started RBSS with his friends to show the reality of life in Raqqa and ISIS. Abdalaziz is a member of The NewNow, a group of rising leaders committed to achieving change in their communities and beyond.

ROZINA ALI
is a journalist based in New York. She writes about on the War on Terror, Islamophobia, Middle East and South Asia, and culture. She was previously on the editorial staff of The New Yorker and was a senior editor at the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt from 2013 and 2015. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Guardian, New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, Cairo Review and others.



This event is held in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Cities in Dust: Victor J. Blue on view at the BDC Annex April 4-21, 2019.

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Year-End Exhibition 
200 W. Tremont Ave, Floor 2, Bronx, NY 10453 

On View
June 19-28, 2019 

Join us in celebrating our year-end exhibitions by the Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s free documentary photo program for older adults in the Bronx. 

The goal of the program is to develop participants’ skills in photography while promoting social connection and community pride. Through weekly instruction, assignments, and regular field trips to major cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and NY Botanical Garden, the program is designed to meet underserved Bronx seniors’ needs for social interaction and improve their quality of life. It provides them challenging and valuable experiences that lead to a stronger sense of confidence, identity, and belonging. 

The course “Photographing My Life” is led by Teaching Artist, Rhynna M. Santos. Around a hundred works produced during the Winter and Spring 2019 sessions will be presented in outdoor and indoor exhibitions in three locations in the South Bronx between June 18-28, 2019.

HEADER PHOTO: Portrait of Henry Graham at BronxWorks Heights Neighborhood Senior Center © David Adarkwah 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

BDC Photobook Conversations

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Tune in to Instagram Live as photographer Jake Naughton, and his partner Juan Anibal Sosa Iglesias discusses their photobook When We Were Strangers, and answer any questions you may have. Find us on Instagram @bronxdocumentarycenter

Naughton and Sosa Iglesias will discuss concepts, processes, production choices, and more. 


          


What does it mean to be queer and in love? For eight years photographer Naughton and Iglesias have tried to tease out the answer through a collaborative photography project. Their first book, When We Were Strangers, deftly examines the experience of loving another from the perspective of a couple deeply entrenched in their relationship. 

When We Were Strangers is published by Red Hook Editions


HEADER IMAGE:
© Jake Naughton
INTERIOR IMAGES: © Jake Naughton

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The BDC’s annual Women's Film Series returns for its 4th year! This year we have curated the festival around the stories of trailblazing women as told by women documentary filmmakers. The films in the 4th Annual Women’s Film Series take us through the journeys of women fighting for just causes against incredible odds.

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media.

Filmmaker Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely and tenaciously keeps shooting, guerrilla-style, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, and in the process, she exposes a startling number of undercover security agents on the streets. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wang is able tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.

Post-screening Q&A with director, producer, cinematographer, and editor Nanfu Wang.



BIO

 

NANFU WANG is a filmmaker based in New York City. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education. Her work often features the stories of marginalized or mistreated people. From Chinese blood donors stricken with HIV from used government-issued needles to the left-behind children of migrant laborers, Wang’s short films have been distributed on many platforms and translated into several languages. Wang is a recipient of a Sundance postproduction grant, Bertha Britdoc Journalism Fund, a Sundance Documentary Fellow, and an IFP supported, filmmaker. Her feature debut Hooligan Sparrow has so far received support from Sundance Institute, IFP, IDA, and BRITDOC. Nanfu Wang holds three master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University in English Literature, Media Studies, and Documentary respectively.

 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.


Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. 

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Brother Outsider

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Join the BDC for a screening of Brother Outsider: 
The Life of Bayard Rustin followed by a discussion with the film’s co-director Bennett Singer and Bayard Rustin’s partner, Walter Naegle.

During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and "troublemaker," Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940s and ‘50s; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police.

In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, the biggest protest the United States had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a "brother outsider." Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage — some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. — with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change.

On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama named Bayard Rustin a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For a recent review of this "electrifying" film — which has won more than 20 awards worldwide — click here

 


PANELIST BIOS

BENNETT SINGER a New York-based filmmaker and book editor, has served as producer/director or associate producer of a number of acclaimed documentary series, including the Emmy-, Peabody-, and duPont-Columbia-winning Eyes On The Prize II, With God On Our Side, and The Question of Equality. He co-directed Electoral Dysfunction, a feature-length documentary on America’s dysfunctional voting system; hosted by political humorist Mo Rocca, the film aired nationally on PBS and won multiple awards. The former executive editor of TIME Magazine’s education program, Singer is the editor of 42 Up, the companion book to Michael Apted’s famed documentary series, and editor of the award-winning anthology Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian. With his husband David Deschamps, he co-authored LGBTQ Stats, published in 2017 by The New Press.

WALTER NAEGLE was Bayard Rustin’s partner from 1977 until Rustin’s death in 1987. He is one of the authors of Bayard Rustin, The Invisible Activist, a biography for young people. Naegle is executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate.


Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Mark Power

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BDC

614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

The Bronx Documentary Center welcomes 
Magnum Photos photographer Mark Power for an artist talk and book launch. Power will discuss his new photobook Good Morning, America (Volume One).
 
Over the past six years, photographer Mark Power has travelled across the US to create a complex visual narrative of a country in the midst of change. This new book, Good Morning, America (Volume One), represents a personal and timely exploration of both the American cultural and physical landscape, and the divergence of reality and myth.
 
 
 
 
Good Morning, America (Volume One) is the first in a series of five books by Power, created as the result of this ongoing 10-year project, as he meanders back and forth across the vast country, taking long walks through towns and cities along the way.
 
Good Morning, America (Volume One) is published by GOST Books.


 
BIO
MARK POWER (B.1959) studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic but turned to photography soon afterwards. He worked on editorial and charity commissions for ten years, before he began teaching at the University of Brighton in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long-term, self-initiated projects which sit comfortably alongside large-scale commissions in the industrial sector. His work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is held in several collections, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Art. Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007. He lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. Good Morning, America (Volume one) is his tenth book.
 
GOST Books founded in 2013, is an independent visual arts and photography publisher based in London. gostbooks.com
 
Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.
 
Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated. For further information call 718-993-3512.



HEADER: Barstow, California. 01.2015 © Mark Power / Magnum Photos
PHOTO: Pierre Part, Louisiana. 01.2017 © Mark Power / Magnum Photos


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Visit trumprevolutionbdc.org

In America today, the very notion of truth is under assault. Citizens vigorously disagree about matters of scientific evidence; about the very existence of widely reported news events; about basic facts. The Bronx Documentary Center's upcoming exhibition, The End of Truth, documents our country's shift toward conspiratorial thinking by examining the rapidly changing roles of traditional and social media over the past 25 years.

This is the third and final segment of Trump Revolution, a series of exhibitions examining America's societal and political transformation over the past four years, one whose speed, reach and consequences are unmatched in our country's history.

On Monday, November 2nd, the exhibition will available to view online at www.trumprevolutionbdc.org

About the Trump Revolution Exhibition Series

In four years, America, under President Donald J. Trump, has undergone a historic transformation—one which has and will affect us all, Democrats and Republicans alike, for generations. From foreign relations, the environment, local schools, and the federal courts to voter registration and immigration—every corner of America has been reconfigured. The Bronx Documentary Center’s Trump Revolution exhibition series has compiled text, photos, and multimedia to examine the speed, reach, and consequences of a societal transformation unmatched in American history.

The exhibitions are curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Founder and Executive Director Michael Kamber, and Exhibition Coordinator, Cynthia Rivera.

The exhibition website was designed by Exhibition Coordinator, Cynthia Rivera.

The Trump Revolution: The End of Truth exhibition is made possible by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Photo Auction Benefit

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The auction will be held on Friday, October 25th in our new BDC Annex, celebrating our new building and 8th anniversary. During the event, hundreds of photographers, filmmakers, documentarians, and friends of the BDC will gather for a night of fundraising, and celebration.

Tickets include our beautifully produced auction catalogue, open bar, and food from our favorite Bronx restaurants. We have a great line-up of special guests, including a performance by percussionist, composer, educator, and multi-GRAMMY Award-nominee Bobby Sanabria!

Purchase tickets!

        

         


Special thanks to our gold level sponsor: 

 


Thank you to our additional sponsors: 


HEADER PHOTO: 
Alexander Payson/Bronx Documentary Center
INTERIOR PHOTOS: Oscar Valerio/Bronx Documentary Center

 

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Parisa Azadi

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Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Parisa Azadi discusses the process behind the making of her ongoing project in Iran.

Photographer’s statement: 
This story is my effort to understand what it means to be Iranian in a time of intense anti-Muslim and anti-Iranian sentiment. I was born in Tehran in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war. Facing a failing economy and growing religious conservatism, my parents moved us across the world to Canada when I was a child. In some ways, it was like we never left: the US embassy hostage crisis and anti Muslim xenophobia dominated the headlines. We were labeled inherently violent, perpetually oppressed. Traumatic events in my former home and racist stereotypes in my current one made me ashamed of my Iranian identity. I returned to Iran in 2017 to piece together fragments of my past and to reconcile my present. This work is a partial memoir, detailing my personal journey back to Iran: what I found, what I lost, and what hopes I carry forward with me. 

In the current climate of anti-Iranian sentiment and Islamophobia, I want to engage audiences with a new and different narrative of ordinary Iranians — so often and so blatantly misunderstood and misrepresented.

 

BIO

PARISA AZADI is an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist based between Iran and Dubai. Her work explores notions of home, belonging and displacement. Parisa’s work challenges the stereotypical perceptions of the Middle East in modern-day society. 

Her work has been published internationally including The New York Times, The Guardian, Associated Press, Casa Vogue and Glamour. Her career has taken her across the United States, Uganda, Bangladesh, Nepal, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and now Iran where she spends most of her time. In 2012, Parisa lived and worked in Uganda documenting the problem of violence against women with disabilities in the aftermath of civil war and the dangerous practice of female genital mutilation. In 2015, Parisa was an Artist in Residence at the Bronx Documentary Center under the direction of Mike Kamber. In 2018, she was selected as the recipient of the Kooshk Artist in Residence program in partnership with Pathshala Institute in Bangladesh. In 2019, Parisa was selected as the recipient of the Chris Hondros Fund Award for her work in Iran.

 

PHOTO: © Parisa Azadi

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Claremont Illuminated

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FEATURING

 Kamal Badhey | Gabriela Bhaskar | Trevon Blondet | Salvador Espinoza | Mitchell Harris-Dennis | Lisa Kahane | Coco McPherson 
Jon Santiago | Rhynna M. Santos | Sean Sirota | Adi Talwar | Michael Young 

 

Friday, June 28th, 7-11PM                          Saturday, June 29th, 7-11PM

169th Street x Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456

 

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) invites you to the opening reception of our second annual two-day outdoor photography festival, Claremont Illuminated on Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th, from 7-11PM. 

Claremont Illuminated will be an evening photography festival that will revitalize and make safer a dark and isolated stairwell at 169th Street and Webster Ave on the edge of the South Bronx's Claremont Village, a New York City Housing Project. The photography festival will feature numerous media projections on the walls surrounding the stairwell. 

The Claremont Documentary Project explores the diverse lives and stories of the residents of Claremont Village, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing development located in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, through photographs, oral history, film, and multimedia. 

In 2019, twelve fellowships were awarded to photographers from backgrounds underrepresented in the field of documentary photography. The fellows will spend the year reporting on life at Claremont Village, exploring a range of political and economic issues such as lead contamination, food security, access to healthcare, infrastructure, and policing. They also will follow the lives of everyday families, collect oral histories from the houses' oldest residents, and chronicle the new immigrant communities.

The many successes and positive stories from Claremont Village, which are often overlooked in the popular media, are emblematic of unexamined successes across urban America. And the many failures and challenges of life in Claremont Village are also emblematic of the troubles that face urban America.

 

The first year of the project (2017-2018) was photographed by the Bronx Photo League; their work culminated in Claremont Illuminated, a two-day outdoor photography festival at Claremont Village. Planned in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Claremont Illuminated is a collaborative cultural placemaking project to light up underutilized network public spaces with nighttime artworks and programming led by Bronx-based artists and young adults. The project is part of a multi-year community and City process to transform the built environment and activate public spaces to reduce crime, create safe vibrant corridors, and increase neighborhood cohesion.

The Claremont Documentary Project fellowship program, led by Danielle Jackson, builds on the BDC’s commitment to expand access to documentary photography, to build skills, and to give voice to stories from artists from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Each Claremont Fellow will produce two in-depth, issue-driven photography projects. This year-long fellowship format is an alternative to fee-based photography training programs.  Fellows, whose ages span five decades, will receive individualized mentorship, monthly capacity-building workshops, and a small stipend to support production expenses. 

Building on the success of the first Claremont Illuminated, the BDC and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice are planning a series of outdoor installations at Claremont Village in the summer and fall of 2019. The Claremont Documentary Project will culminate in an exhibition and photobook.

Claremont Illuminated 2018 from Bronx Documentary Center on Vimeo
Video produced by BDC Films
Cinematography and editing by Harry Montas 

Learn more about the Claremont Documentary Project.
Follow the project on Instagram.

 

The Claremont Documentary Project and Claremont Illuminated are made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center.

PHOTOS: Claremont Illuminated, 2018. © Adi Talwar


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Join the Bronx Documentary Center for a special presentation by Michael Kamber of his time working in Liberia where he photographed side-by-side with Chris Hondros and across the front lines from Tim Hetherington. Kamber will present work he made in Liberia in 2003, much of it previously unseen. He will discuss the challenges and issues he faced while documenting this deadly conflict. 

Michael Kamber covered the Liberian Civil War in 2003 for The New York Times West Africa bureau. 

This event is held in conjunction with our exhibition War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on view at the BDC from Oct 26 - Dec 16, 2018.


BIO

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. 


Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Residents, $10 General Admission, 18 and under Free. Tickets are available at the door.

Our venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is non gender-segregated.

Liberia, 2013. © Mike Kamber

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Paris to Pittsburgh

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Join co-directors and National Geographic filmmakers Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio for a virtual discussion on their documentary film Paris to Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 16th at 6PM. 

Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future—and the explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement —Paris to Pittsburgh captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

Please RSVP here to watch the film and receive an Invitation to the Zoom Q&A.
The link will expire on 5/17. 

 
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SIDNEY BEAUMONT has worked as a producer, director, strategist, campaigner, marketer, and executive across diverse media and issues. Currently, he is an Executive Producer of Media & Entertainment at RadicalMedia. He is known for such films as What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), Made in America (2013), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) and Cathedrals of Culture (2014). He recently produced the feature documentary From the Ashes (National Geographic) about coal, climate, and the energy future, and Paris to Pittsburgh (2018).

MICHAEL BONFIGLIO is an Emmy-nominated director, producer, and writer whose filmography includes You Don’t Know Bo: The Legend Of Bo Jackson (2012), Doc & Darryl (2016), May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers (2017), 9 Days And Nights Of Ed Sheeran (2014), the five-part series Visionaries: Inside The Creative Mind (2011), and the series Iconoclasts (2012). He has directed and produced various episodes of Oprah’s Master Class. He recently directed the feature documentary From the Ashes (National Geographic) about coal, climate, and the energy future.

 

PHOTO: © Paris to Pittsburgh

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Idil Ibrahim

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Making a film can be daunting! Where do you start? Award-winning director and producer Idil Ibrahim will lead an Empowered Storytelling workshop exploring how to bring an idea to fruition and, ultimately, to screen in this filmmaking workshop.

In this workshop, she will provide hands-on examples of development, pre-production, production, and post-production, as well as discuss clips from her films, and share real-life practical anecdotes. Fellow film colleagues will be on hand as well to share their experiences and tips to bring ideas to life.

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About the Instructor

IDIL IBRAHIM is an award-winning filmmaker and has worked on and produced film projects that have gone on to screen at the top international film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel in Paris, and Sundance Film Festival, among others. Idil was also selected as one of five women directors to direct a short film for Glamour Magazine's The Girl Project for "Get Schooled," a series focusing on girls education around the world in Malawi, India, Brazil and the United States. She is a recipient of the 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards held by the 92nd Street Y, a hub for women to learn and inspire others by sharing their knowledge, ideas, insights and strength. She was also selected as one of OkayAfrica's "100 Women" for 2018.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, her work has led her around the world. She was most recently in Mali as producer of the feature documentary The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu, based on the New York Times Bestselling book of the same title. Prior to producing The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu, she was in Senegal, where she directed and produced the film Sega, starring Alassane Sy (Restless City, Mediterranea), which examines the issue of migration and repatriation. Her film Sega won the jury award for Best Short Film at the 2019 Blackstar Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Dhow for Best Short Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. She is passionate about human rights, humanitarian issues, and global education.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.
Women filmmakers are strongly encouraged to participate. 10% off for BDC members at the photographer/filmmaker level or if you have previously participated in a BDC workshop.

*We have scholarship spots available. Please email a sample of your work and a statement on why you should be selected to jon@bronxdoc.org

Please email info@bronxdoc.org if you have any questions.

*CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds if canceling within 7 days of the workshop. Cancellations before the 7 day period will receive a refund of the registration price not including service fees.

PHOTO: © Idil Ibrahim


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Open Show NYC

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BDC

614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Doors open at 6:30pm | Show begins at 7pm

Open Show organizes curated screenings of diverse, compelling work by photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers in high-profile spaces. Our shows provide an opportunity for the public to interact directly with visual artists and talk about their work. Open Show NY is a part of a global network.


PRESENTERS:

Misha Friedman
 | "The Idealists"

Sofie Vasquez | "Bronx Wrestling"

Cedric von Niederhausern | "City Upon a Hill"

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Fri, Apr 23, 7:11 am

Covering the Pandemic

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How are journalists reporting in a world of social distancing? While New York City has grown to become the epicenter of this global pandemic, journalists around the city have been adapting the way they work and the precautions they take for their own safety.

Join photojournalists Gabriela Bhaskar, Victor J. Blue, Ryan Christopher Jones, and Desiree Rios for a virtual talk about covering the pandemic with moderator, BDC Founder and Executive Director, Mike Kamber. They will discuss their experiences documenting COVID-19 at the epicenter of the virus in New York City. 


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GABRIELA BHASKAR is a freelance photojournalist based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where she focused on multimedia storytelling incorporating audio, video and writing to accompany her photography. She is part of inaugural class of Women Photograph Mentees and was a 2017 Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar. She is available for assignments worldwide.

VICTOR J. BLUE is a New York-based photojournalist whose work is most often concerned with the legacy of armed conflict, human rights and the protection of civilian populations, and unequal outcomes resulting from policy and politics. He has worked in Central America since 2002, concentrating on social conflict in Guatemala, and since 2009 has photographed the Counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. He has completed assignments in Syria, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq, and India, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and holds a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University. He practices a deeply reported, character-driven documentary photography that tries to both inform viewers intellectually and move them emotionally, and communicate something universal from the particular circumstances of individual lives and struggles. 

RYAN CHRISTOPHER JONES is a Mexican-American photojournalist and a regular contributor to The New York Times, ProPublica and others. Originally from California’s Central Valley, Ryan’s work most often covers the intersection of migration and labor, and the complicated sociopolitical relationship between Mexico and the United States. He is a fierce advocate of ethical photojournalism, and in 2018 he wrote two op-eds for The New York Times. An essay entitled “How Photography Exploits the Vulnerable” asked fellow photojournalists to reflect on the exploitative history of photographing drug use and addiction. He presented solutions for covering vulnerable communities with sensitivity and nuance. Ryan is currently an enrolled student of history at Harvard University’s extension school.

DESIREE RIOS is a Mexican-American photojournalist and documentary photographer from Fort Worth, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism at St. John’s University in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Rios is currently based in New York City and Dallas-Fort Worth. 


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 © Ryan Christopher Jones / The New York Times
INTERIOR PHOTO (L-R): A Costco in Manhattan on Friday. The shelves of grocery stores were picked clean as the effects of the pandemic spread further on Friday, drastically slowing critical sectors of the American economy and daily life. © Gabriela Bhaskar / The New York Times; © Desiree Rios 

 

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The End of Truth

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In the wake of the 2020 General Election conversations surrounding disinformation, media, and living in a post-truth era are continuing to dominate headlines. What is the path back to a public that believes facts and has faith in professional media?

Join Craig Silverman, Media Editor of Buzzfeed News as he discuss the role of disinformation in our present-day era of post-truth with Michael Kamber, BDC Founder/Executive Director, and co-curator of "The End of Truth" exhibition. Learn more about the exhibition here.
 
The event will be live-streamed via Zoom.

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CRAIG SILVERMAN is a Canadian journalist and the media editor of BuzzFeed, and the former head of BuzzFeed's Canadian division. Known as an expert in "fake news", he founded the "Regret the Error" blog in 2004, covering fact-checking and media inaccuracy, and authored a 2009 book of the same name, which won the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism from the National Press Club. In 2011 he joined the Poynter Institute for Media Studies as an adjunct faculty member. He also founded the hoax and rumor tracking website Emergent and co-authored a biography of Michael Calce, the hacker known as MafiaBoy. He received a 2013 Mirror Award for Best Commentary, Digital Media. Born in Nova Scotia, Silverman is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (Bachelor of Arts in journalism) and moved to Toronto to join BuzzFeed.

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.

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LAPD 1994: Joseph Rodríguez

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On February 5, 2021, the exhibition will be available to view at lapd1994bdc.format.com 

In response to concerns around COVID-19 the Bronx Documentary Center has
canceled all gallery hours until further notice. This exhibition will open as an online gallery.

In a year when millions of Americans poured into the streets demanding changes in police strategy, training and deployment, the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) believes a crucial part of the conversation should be Joseph Rodríguez’s photo series and just-released book, LAPD 1994. 

The BDC’s online exhibition with images and text from Rodríguez’s book gives us an up close and personal look at the cops, victims, and violent perpetrators in working class communities of Pico Union, Rampart, and South Central Los Angeles.

Though the photos were taken more than 25 years ago, they serve as markers illuminating the path to our current society, one beset by debates about policing, violence and incarceration. As Rubén Martínez writes in its introduction, Rodríguez’s body of work visually encompasses, “another moment that tore open the soul of America.” 

The exhibition is curated by Michael Kamber, and Cynthia Rivera. The exhibition website was designed by Cynthia Rivera.

IMAGE: Pacific Division officers confront a man found squatting in an apartment building garage. El oficial Llanes y su compañero revisan un garaje donde encuentran a un hombre que dormía y usaba drogas en los gabinetes. © Joseph Rodríguez

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Please note that our galleries are closed until further notice.
All of our public programming will be held virtually.

Join the BDC for a virtual conversation between exhibiting photographer Joseph Rodríguez and writer Rubén Martínez, as they discuss Rodríguez’s powerful new book LAPD 1994. Moderated by journalist Lauren Lee White. The event will be live-streamed via Zoom.

“In 1994, The New York Times Magazine assigned me to ride along with cops from the Los Angeles Police Department, photographing them at work. This was just two years after the protests that erupted when four officers were acquitted on charges of beating Rodney King, and LAPD needed a public image makeover.

So they gave me and the Times unprecedented access to the department, hoping we’d give readers a story about LAPD’s new “kinder, gentler cop.

I was embedded with officers from several divisions and branches, including some of the more notorious ones: the anti-gang unit “CRASH”, the Rampart Division, and the homicide unit. For several weeks, I rode day and night in the back of police cars, taking photos.

Most of those photographs have never seen the light of day, until now. Given the potential revolution around policing in the US taking place right now, the time has come to share them with a wide audience. The photos are a reminder that the same problems we are reckoning with today—systemic racism, violence against community members, corruption—have been around for decades.

I was no stranger to this type of assignment. At that time I had already published two books, Spanish Harlem and East Side Stories, which depicted life in impoverished neighborhoods. Covering LAPD gave me a chance to show how police operated in marginalized communities, and how those communities were affected by individual cops and the department as a whole.”—Joseph Rodríguez

This event coincides with Rodríguez’s exhibition by the Bronx Documentary Center, February 5–March 26, 2021. The BDC’s online exhibition with images and text from Rodríguez’s book gives us an up-close and personal look at the cops, victims, and violent perpetrators in working-class communities of Pico Union, Rampart, and South Central Los Angeles. On February 5, 2021, the exhibition will be available to view at lapd1994bdc.format.com 

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RUBEN MARTÍNEZ is an award-winning journalist, author, and performer. He is the author of four books: Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City (with Joseph Rodriguez, Powerhouse Books, 2006), The New Americans (The New Press, 2004), Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (Picador, 2002), Eastside Stories (with Joseph Rodriguez, Powerhouse Books, 1998), and The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond (Vintage, 1993). His essays, opinions and reportage have appeared widely in such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Village Voice, The Nation, Spin, Sojourners, and Mother Jones. His numerous awards include a Lannan Literary Fellowship.  He is Professor, Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature & Writing at Loyola Marymount University, and is currently at work on a book about race, class, and representation in the American Southwest.

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JOSEPH RODRÍGUEZ was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying photography at the School of Visual Arts and went on to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree at New York City Technical College. He worked in the graphic arts industry before deciding to pursue photography further. In 1985 he graduated with a Photojournalism and Documentary diploma from the International Center of Photography in New York. He went on to work for Black Star photo agency, and print and online news organizations like Esquire, The Guardian, Mother Jones, National Geographic, New America Media, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, and The Washington Post. He has received awards and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists’ Fellowship, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Open Society Institute Justice Media Fellowship and Katrina Media Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship Fund for Investigative Journalism. He has been awarded Pictures of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri, in 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2002. He is the author of Spanish Harlem, part of the “American Scene” series, published by the National Museum of American Art/ D.A.P., as well as East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, Juvenile, Flesh Life Sex in Mexico City, and Still Here: Stories After Katrina, published by powerHouse Books. Recent exhibitions include Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne, Germany; Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne, California; Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK Institute for Public Knowledge, New York, NY; Moving Walls, Open Society Institute, New York, NY; and Cultural Memory Matters, 601 Art Space, New York, NY.  

MODERATOR

LAUREN LEE WHITE is a reporter covering criminal justice, public policy, and issues that affect women and families. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, PRI, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. In 2018, she was awarded a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to report on sexual misconduct at the Los Angeles County women’s jail. Lauren was a John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellow at the Center on Media, Crime and Justice in 2016 and a Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy in 2015. Lauren teaches at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. Previously, she worked as a documentary filmmaker in New York City, where she was an instructor with the Tribeca Film Institute, the JFK Center for Performing Arts, Downtown Community TV Center, and Artistic Noise.

IMAGE: A man arrested for threatening a family member with a knife is questioned in a Rampart Station holding cell by Officer Jim Edwards. © Joseph Rodríguez

 

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Please join Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO)'s Executive Director Odilia Romero, Vice Executive Director Janet Martinez, and artist June Canedo de Souza, as they discuss their new project Diža' No'ole, a book created in an effort to support undocumented Indigenous women in Los Angeles. This event will be held on Instagram Live.

“As COVD-19 swept through the United States, we became acutely aware that public and nonprofit aid programs were leaving undocumented Indigenous communities behind. In response to this, we created a fund to provide cash aid to undocumented Indigenous communities in Los Angeles. Throughout the process of distributing these funds, we were able to hear and document the stories of the individuals in these communities. As we listened to the stories, a theme began to emerge: women, particularly single mothers, are consistently marginalized and unsupported.” —CIELO

Diža' No'ole was created in response to these stories. The book features twenty-one undocumented Indigenous women, from Mexico and Guatemala (Zapotecas, from the Sierra Norte, the Valley of Oaxaca, and Veracruz, Mixes and Chinantecas from the Sierra Norte, Kʼiche, Mams, and Qʼanjobʼal), all of whom maintain close ties to their heritage through their ancestral languages—these women are part of the many generations who have kept their languages alive despite hundreds of years of suppression and erasure.


In each portrait, the women wear hand-embroidered clothing from their pueblo, each garment a connection to their community, family, and friends. The imagery and colors used in their garments are not simply aesthetic; they are based on the lived experience and history of each pueblo. The textiles also have a historical context; many of the fabrics used to make traditional clothing were demanded as tribute by the Spanish. To this day, Indigenous communities continue their struggle over ownership of these textiles. Traditional designs are often appropriated and mass-produced without the community’s consent, and the intellectual property rights of these designs are still in dispute.

Diža' No'ole will be released on March 17, 2021 and is currently available for pre-order for $45 via mycielo.org. All proceeds will go to the women featured in the book. The book was created and published by CIELO in collaboration with visual artist June Canedo de Souza. Diža' No'ole was printed by Small Editions NY.

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JUNE CANEDO DE SOUZA is an artist based in between New York and Los Angeles. Her work combines personal history with historical research to discuss the particularities of migration and its effects on the human psyche. As migration is often a result of displacement and disenfranchisement, her research pays particular attention to the two. June was raised in Brazil and in South Carolina. In 2014, she released her first photography project titled ‘Brazilian Girls’, an archive of the women of Brazil. Canedo de Souza has since exhibited at The New Orleans Museum of Art, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Fotografiska, MoMA PS1 Artbook, and more. In 2020, she released her first book titled mara kuya, a photography book that explores aspects of migration and family separation that are often overlooked, namely the mental health of children from mixed-status families. mara kuya was shortlisted for the Aperture Foundation Photobook Award 2020.

ODILIA ROMERO is the co-founder/ executive director of Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO); she is also an independent interpreter of Zapotec, Spanish, and English for indigenous communities in Los Angeles and throughout California. She has over a decade of experience organizing indigenous migrant communities. Her organizing knowledge and experience are held in high regard, with multiple academic publications, awards, and lectures in universities across the United States, including John Hopkins, USC, and UCLA. Ms. Romero has published on the challenges of organizing in indigenous communities, developing women’s leadership, and preparing a new generation of youth. Her work has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Vogue and Democracy Now.

JANET MARTINEZ is the co-founder/ Vice executive director of Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO). She is a Bene Xogsho (Zapotec) born in Los Angeles and raised in south-central L.A. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, with a thesis on Indigenous migrants in the U.S. court system. Aside from her direct activism, Janet has engaged issues facing indigenous migrant communities through her writing; she has published articles on topics including new approaches to gendered leadership in indigenous communities, and the challenges facing youths in indigenous migrant communities. She also was a collaborator on UCLA’s mapping indigenous L.A.  Ms. Martinez has organized the Indigenous Literature conference and Weaving Words and Rhymes for the past four consecutive years. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Ozy, Vogue, and Telesur. Currently, she is a host on the podcast Tu’un Dali, a podcast for and by indigenous people.


IMAGES: © June Canedo de Souza


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Join photographer Joe Conzo Jr. as he presents his iconic body of work documenting the birth of hip hop in the Bronx and the rerelease of his book Born in the Bronx: A Visual History of the Birth of Hip Hop. Conzo will be joined by Hip Hop pioneer and legend GrandmasterCaz. 

Hip hop first became a part of the mainstream music industry in the early 1980s, when major record labels released albums from such accessible groups as Run DMC and the Sugarhill Gang. But the true origins of one of the most powerful pop-cultural influences in the world are in the spontaneous, progressive musical culture that grew out of tough Bronx neighborhoods of the 1970s and led to a renaissance of poetry, music, and fashion.

 


Through years of research, writer and curator Johan Kugelberg has pulled together the scattered remains of a movement that never had its eye on posterity. The book includes the improvisational artwork of previously unpublished street flyers of the era, Polaroids buried for decades in basements across the Bronx, and testimonials from influential figures such as Tony Tone, LA Sunshine, and Charlie Chase. Through the work of pioneering hip-hop photographer Joe Conzo–the man The New York Times calls “the chronicler who took hip hop’s baby pictures”–Born in the Bronx presents a unique introduction to an explosive and experimental period in music history.

Conzo co-authored Born In The Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop in 2007, which has long been out of print. This new expanded edition is published by 1XRUN. Copies of the book will be available here 

 

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Joe Conzo Jr.

The New York Times, heralded Joe Conzo Jr. as “The Man Who Took Hip-Hop’s Baby Pictures.” The long and perilous journey of his photographic images had finally captured the gaze of mainstream America. Born and raised in the Bronx, Mr. Conzo acquired a passion for photography as a young boy attending the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University. He continued his formal artistic education at the School of Visual Arts (NYC). He also received certification as a Combat Medic. Later, he would join the New York Fire Department as an Emergency Medical Technician. It was his role as an EMT that delivered him to the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. All the while, he continued his photography and published a seminal book on hip hop culture that has received worldwide acclaim —“Born In The Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop” (2007). In 2008, this entire collection of images became part of a permanent archive housed at Cornell University. The digitization of over 10,000 of Mr. Conzo’s film images has already begun—progress can be viewed at the Cornell University Library’s website. This collection is regarded by genre experts and academia as an important lens into the roots of Hip Hop culture, the Urban NYC landscape of the 70’s and 80’s, and an integral source for any serious discourse on the movement. 

Grandmaster Caz
Curtis Fisher, better known by his stage name Grandmaster Caz and formerly Casanova Fly, is an American rapper and DJ from the Bronx who helped form the art of rap in its infancy in the 1970s. Fisher first encountered hip hop in 1974 at a Kool DJ Herc outdoor party. He soon bought his own equipment and teamed up with JDL to form the duo, Notorious Two, around 1977. During this period, he became the first person to perform both DJ and MC duties. Fisher and JDL later joined The Cold Crush Brothers in 1979. A standing member of The Cold Crush Brothers, he has also worked as a celebrity tour guide for the Hush Hip Hop Tours in New York City. A prolific songwriter, he released the book Written! in 2015, a collection of his original lyrics. Fisher is a board member of The Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture.


IMAGES: © Joe Conzo Jr.

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Join journalist Alice Driver as she speaks with 10 members of the photojournalist collective COVID LATAM about the book Red Flag, winner of the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. 

The event will be live-streamed via Zoom here.

Featuring photographers: Sebastian Gil Miranda, Fabiola Ferrero, Matilde Campodonico, Daniele Volpe, Gloriana Ximendaz, Ana Carolina Fernandez, Pablo Piovano, Rafael Vilela, Sara Wayra, and Fred Ramos of the COVID LatAm collective.

Please note: This event will be in both Spanish and English.

In Latin America, coronavirus has laid bare extreme inequality in the region, and one symbol of that inequality is the red flag in Colombia. Impoverished Colombians hang a piece of red fabric outside their homes when they no longer have any food – it is a call for help and a reminder that many people live off what they earn from one day to the next and have no safety net. While some families can quarantine safely, others risk hunger and eviction if they stop working even for a day. Those who hang the red flag outside their homes depend on the generosity of others for survival.

In this book, 19 photographers from 14 countries in the region have captured the impact of coronavirus from intimate moments in quarantine with family to raging fires in the Brazilian Amazon. The photographers have witnessed floods, riots, and funerals and watched their parents, children, and siblings struggle with isolation, loneliness, anxiety. The photos, like the red flag, tell a story of desperation and hope – one in which we recognize the role of community and the human desire for connection.


Covid Latam Photographers: Rodrigo Abd, Johis Alarcón, Sara Aliaga, Eliana Aponte, Matilde Campodónico, Alejandro Cegarra,  Federico Ríos Escobar, Ana Carolina Fernandes, Fabiola Ferrero, Andrea Hernández, Tamara Merino, Sebastian Gil Miranda, Pablo Piovano, Fred Ramos, Iván Valencia, Rafael Vilela, Daniele Volpe,  Glorianna Ximendaz

The book is published by FotoEvidence Foundation and it is available at the publisher's web site fotoevidence.com

Introduction by Jon Lee Anderson, texts in the book Alice Driver and Marcela Turati.

Language: Spanish and English 


About FotoEvidence Foundation
FotoEvidence's mission is to draw attention to injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity through the lens of photographers working in this humanistic tradition. FotoEvidence books focus on the most pressing social and environmental justice issues of our time—from genocide to global warming. They are published to inspire social change, to expose injustice, to create enduring evidence and call for accountability.

Follow FotoEvidence's Instagram account at @fotoevidencepressnyc


About COVID LATAM
COVID LATAM is a collective of photojournalists covering the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic in Latin America. Eighteen photographers, nine men and nine women, covering 14 Latin American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, who are documenting the daily and intimate aspects of life during the pandemic, making visible the most vulnerable communities, their collateral crisis and the deepening of social inequality in the region.

Follow Covid Latam's Instagram account at @covidlatam

About Alice Driver
Alice Driver is an independent journalist and translator whose work focuses on migration, human rights, and gender equality. She is currently based in Mexico City. Driver is the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona 2015). She received a 2017 Images and Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship and 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellowship and also participated in the Women's Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices 2017 media and leadership training program. Driver has received first aid training for combat and wilderness wounds through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) and from the DART Center and Columbia Journalism School course on Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones. She is currently partnering with Longreads Originals to produce a series of articles on migration in Central America. Buzzfeed recently included her work in "8 Visual Stories That Will Challenge Your View of the World."

Follow Alice on Instagram @alice__driver

HEADER IMAGE: © Daniele Volpe

INTERIOR IMAGES (L-R): © Matilde Campodónico; Ana Carolina Fernandez

 

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