I’m thrilled to be included in this collection of Brooklyn images; Brooklyn Photographs Now is edited by Marla Hamburg Kennedy with co-editor John Fitzgerald, introduction by Phillip Lopate and contains 275 total photographs! I’m happy to have contributed three images.
Tonight at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint Brooklyn join editor Marla Hamburg Kennedy in conversation with Phillip Lopate for Brooklyn Photographs Now.
BECAUSE OF WEATHER THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED:
My contributions are below as well as the press release and a link to purchase.
BROOKLYN PHOTOGRAPHS NOW
Marla Hamburg Kennedy Editor
Text contributions by Phillip Lopate and Anne Pasternak
RIZZOLI / OCTOBER 2018
Brooklyn is a place of deep pride: The Brooklyn Dodgers, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, the Cyclone, and, of course, the world’s most famous bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge. These are just a few of the urban icons that contribute to the romance for Brooklyn with all its contradictions that have been chronicled in countless novels, poems, songs, films, and photographs that have made it the legend it is today.
Today, the borough has transformed itself into a cultural capital with more artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, dancers, writers, and musicians living there than anywhere else. Brooklyn is an attitude. It’s got more grit, chutzpah, and moxie than anyplace else. And, unlike its neighbor across the river, Manhattan, it has a great sense of humor about itself.
From Coney Island, to Prospect Park, to Red Hook, to Williamsburg, the avant-garde spirit of the city's biggest borough comes alive in Marla Hamburg Kennedy’s BROOKLYN PHOTOGRAPHS NOW (Rizzoli, October 2018). This exquisitely curated collection of images—many never-before-published—by emerging and established artists captures the unique characteristics of present-day Brooklyn while offering the artists’ perspective on how they view these vibrant neighborhoods.
This remarkable collection of images is a testimony to Brooklyn’s unquenchable dynamism: its refusal to stop changing, as well as an unwillingness to shed its more traditional aspects. Shots of Brooklyn’s new high-rise verticality, either in celebration or dismay, an array of aluminum-sided bungalows and brick row houses, backyards and alleys, and delis and pizzerias contribute to Brooklyn’s iconic charms.
This imagery, juxtaposed with dignified portraits of more famous monuments and landmarks, like the Brooklyn Museum or Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel, celebrate the borough that has come into its own!
With captivating works by acclaimed photographers such as Mark Seliger, Jamel Shabazz, Mitch Epstein, Mathieu Bitton, and Joel Meyerowitz and texts by Phillip Lopate and Anne Pasternak, PHOTOGRAPHS NOW is the perfect gift for the photo lover, Brooklynite, and New York City tourist alike.
About the Authors:
Marla Hamburg Kennedy is a leading dealer and advisor for 20th and 21st century art with an emphasis on contemporary painting and photography. With thirty years' experience in the fields of photography, contemporary art and publishing Hamburg Kennedy was previously the Director of the Howard Greenberg Gallery and managing partner of Kennedy Boesky Photographs before starting Hamburg Kennedy Photographs in 2004. She is the author of several books, including Rizzoli's New York: A Photographer's City. Phillip Lopate is a film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, teacher, and native Brooklynite. Anne Pasternak is an art critic and curator and is the current Shelby White and Leon Levy Director at the Brooklyn Museum.
BROOKLYN PHOTOGRAPHS NOW
Edited by Marla Hamburg Kennedy
Text Contributions by Phillip Lopate and Anne Pasternak
Hardcover / 9 1/4” x 9 1/2” / 240 pages / 250 color and b/w photographs
ISBN: 978-0-8478-6238-2 / Rizzoli
Publication Date: October 2018
This holiday I had the pleasure of working with Jane's Carousel to license my image for a holiday puzzle of the carousel in winter. I made the image the year before when a huge winter blizzard rolled through. As I make this post it's been unseasonably warm and rainy here in New York. I wish we had more snow this year. There is nothing worse than a cold rainy winter.
I hadn't made a puzzle in years and I forgot how long it takes! The above assembly of me putting it together was made over two nights and took a little over five hours. The original image is below.
Big thank you to Jane Walentas! If you haven't been to DUMBO, Brooklyn and visited the carousel; go! It's a new classic New York institution! Also, there are puzzles for sale inside the carousel building.
This year I also included the above image in my holiday postcards. In a previous year, I have a more pulled back landscape of downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, and the lower Manhattan skyline as well (see below).
The 1922 carousel was bought at auction and transported from Youngstown, Ohio. Then lovingly restored in over several decades working in a DUMBO warehouse by Jane Walentas. The carousel is housed in a beautiful modern steel and acrylic pavilion designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. For more info check out the Carousel's WIKI or watch the interview below.