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Inside a second-floor Gowanus studio space, an anniversary party hums late into the night. DJs spin jazz throwbacks as clusters of people sip wine and snap photos with analog Minoltas. Among them is Rachel Jun. Dressed head to toe in black; she floats effortlessly through the crowds. Passing a wall of black and white darkroom prints, she stops to join a photo booth portrait. “This is really great,” she says between sips of seltzer. Last...
Brooklyn Bridge Park is currently hostinga sprawling photography exhibit, courtesy of Photoville, which calls the 74,000-square-foot display, comprising 65 cargo containers of exhibits along the East River, a fully-fledged photography "village." While this village lacks things like a mayor and a grocery store, it does boast the work of photographers from across the world, giving guests a taste of work they might not otherwise see. Since its inception four years ago, Photoville has grown from a fringe showcase into something quite big, gradually...
What would it take for Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, to admit that some of his portrait subjects are jerks? The viral photoblog, which has Facebook likes numbering at 15 million (almost twice the population of New York City), uses the "we're all special in our own special way" filter on pretty much all of its images, even the ones of, well, jerks.  There’s already a whole slew of Humans of New York parodies, like Lizard...
Artist Kristy Chatelain's newest photo project, Brooklyn Changing, documents the physical changes gentrification has brought to North Brooklyn over the past decade. Chatelain uses a series of before-and-after shots taken in Greenpoint and Williamsburg to illustrate the visual signs of commercial development, and, tangentially, to hint at the widening rift between Brooklyn's working and moneyed classes. In effect, Chatelain's project is a visual timeline of gentrification in progress, and leaves very little to the imagination in terms how the phenomenon changes neighborhoods and...

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