A couple of weeks ago a remarkable photography exhibition by Petros Chrisostomou opened at Fuchs Projects. The magical photographs of Chrisostomou may appear heavily Photoshopped but, in fact, the only thing manipulated here is your assumptions.
Our contributing photographer Peter Dressel has been pretty busy as his photography book project about Bushwick people continues. His goal is to document artists and residents of Bushwick in this particular moment “before it becomes Williamsburg,” Peter says not entirely optimistically. Nevertheless, his photographs look amazing and we are happy to feature another 12 portraits from the series. (Check out the previous installment here).
Peter Dressel has been working on his Bushwick project since 2009.
We reported a few weeks ago about the long-awaited return of Rubulad, a notorious Brooklyn underground party, in their enormous new space at the Knockdown Center. The enormous space is a stunning former glassmaking factory and is located about a mile from the Jefferson L stop at 52-19 Flushing Ave. The party was everything we hoped it would be (including everything on this list of attractions), but highlights were the 40-piece AfroBrazilian drumming band, gorgeous aerial dancers, top notch DJs, Roberta’s Pizza booth, film festival, huge art installations, great people and a whole lot of Valentine’s-related debauchery.
If you were lucky enough to spend New Years Eve in Brooklyn but weren’t able to attend every single party out there, our lovely photographer Kaitlin Parry aka Shoot People made sure to hit up a few good ones to share with the rest of you.
Check out these photos from Villain with Mean Read, Nick Catchdubs and Onra at Villain! (Text by Margaret Thurmond)
Photos by Meryl Meisler, Text by Tobias Salinger
Photographer Meryl Meisler gleefully transported everyone back to the past at a tiny Dominican joint the other day. The fluorescent humanity of her 1984 homage to Edward Hopper (see above) merged with the subtle sweetness of fried plantains at Cibao Restaurant over by the Myrtle-Wyckoff station.
Meryl, 61, reminisced over lunch about how her job as an art teacher at Bushwick’s IS-291 helped her capture the arresting images of resilience amid rough circumstances for which she is known.
“Looking back, I’m very conscious of the fact that I was doing positive reinforcement,” she said. “I was photographing things I found uplifting.”
“I’ve always been fascinated at what it must have been like in the 1970s in Soho and the 1980s in the East Village. However, I’ve never been able to find good photographic documentation of that era,” says our contributing photographer Peter Dressel. “I now see the opportunity here in Bushwick to document our neighborhood at this particular moment. While it is still an artist’s haven and majority Latino. Before my loft becomes the home of a person who trades credit-default swaps. Before it becomes Williamsburg,” Peter continues to talk about his portrait and landscape of Bushwick.
He has been working on it since 2009 with the goal to once publish a photography book. We are now bringing you a little tasting sample of 12 portraits of artists photographed in their natural habitat, artist studios and space. How do you like them?
In the mist of hurricane Sandy and all the damage it has caused, we put our Facebook Cover Take Over submission competition temporarily on hold. However, the Take Over had to resume because we received the most beautiful black and white photographs of Bushwick by Italian fashion photographer Enrico Brunetti. Simple, elegant yet acute lines and compositions so present in Enrico’s fashion work translated beautifully to his street photography as well. We couldn’t do otherwise but be mesmerized by the material he sent us.
Enrico was born in Rome and originally started off as a lawyer working in the field of intelectual property. However, his passion has always been photography, and soon he resumed his career as a photographer working with UTG Studios. After many years of working as an assistant to known photographers, he his own work has started to be recognized and has been published in magazines and exhibited internationally.
It has been a week since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City. Thankfully at this stage power is back on in many of the affected areas, and I think we are all grateful to have the subway running back into the city. Improvements are happening quickly, which is wonderful.
Our coastal neighborhoods, however, will take a lot longer to repair. Flood-damaged homes are full of sand and sewage-contaminated mud. Power has been cut off until basements are free from water. The clean-up effort is huge, and, as always with lost possessions, very painful. But many hands make for light work… If you want to get involved, there are loads of options. I volunteered with Rockaway Emergency Plan on Sunday, and they were really awesome. Although, there are many areas where you are needed.
Today’s snow storm Athena brough snow to the Northeast and also to our beloved Bushwick. Although, Athena is nothing like Sandy, it is very inconvenient, and more volunteers will be needed in the areas affected by Sandy.
Despite the snow not being very helpful, we can’t help but admire some of the Instagram pictures you Bushwick folks have been snapping whole day. These are the first snow snaps from Bushwick we liked the best… You can also follow Bushwick Daily Instagram feed, which we <3.