Photoville

Amy Touchette
Amy Touchette

Brooklyn is the most populated county in New York State. It is New York City’s most inhabited borough, with over 2,736,074 residents according to a 2020 census. It is also home to people of numerous cultures, as its residents hail from all over the world.

When Photoville and Prospect Park Alliance asked me to serve as a guest curator on this exhibition of six rising photographers living in Brooklyn, I accepted the task. As a former emerging photographer myself, I understood the challenges that one encounters in the struggle to get their work exhibited. This new opportunity provided me with a great platform to help aspiring photographers showcase their work — curating an exhibition that could serve as a source of inspiration during these challenging times, and to do so within the beautiful space of Prospect Park. The six photographers selected have roots in Brooklyn. They share a common love for photography, and I’ve met them all within the last 10 years.

The exhibit is part of Re-Imagine Lefferts, which is re-envisioning the mission and programming of this historic house museum to better reflect the diverse history of Brooklyn.

Antonio M. Rosario is a staunch advocate for analog photography. His images are focused in part on the diversity of the Kensington section of Brooklyn.

Chris Cook is 28 and the youngest of the group. He embraces traditional black and white street and documentary photography and printmaking.

Amy Touchette specializes in color street portraiture. To create her work, she uses a medium format camera.

Philip Shung was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is a traveler whose work consists of images from around the world.

Shino Kitano was born and raised in Japan. She chose Brooklyn as her adopted home, where she has spent many years living and documenting her neighborhood with a focus on film photography.

Melanie Hill grew up in Brooklyn and has been photographing for about eight years. Her work in this exhibition is centered on the annual Tribute to the Ancestors ceremony, which pays homage to African slaves who suffered during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. It takes place in June of every year at Coney Island.

I would also like to give honorable mention to Kamel Brown and Marcia Wilson for their submission to the project.

All formulated by their connection to Brooklyn, each artist’s work is a beautiful well-mixed mosaic.

 

This exhibit is presented by Prospect Park Alliance as part of “ReImagine Lefferts,” an initiative to re-envision the mission and programming of the museum to recognize its role as a site of slavery; and to tell the stories — in innovative and inclusive ways — of the enslaved Africans and the Indigenous people of the Lenapehoking who lived and worked the land. As the Alliance reimagines the mission of the museum, we seek to engage the public in a thoughtful dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and the treatment of marginalized communities who have contributed to the rich tapestry of Brooklyn.

Artist Bios

  • Antonio M. Rosario

    Antonio M. Rosario is a professional photographer and filmmaker who shoots predominantly on the street, teaches street photography, and is one of the hosts of a popular photography podcast called Street Shots.

    Following in the footsteps of his father, also a photographer, Rosario studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He began his career in the industry working as a photo editor for many years, before finally taking the plunge and quitting his day job to become a full-time photographer.

    Born and raised in New York City, Rosario currently lives in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn with his wife and their feline Americans.

  • Amy Touchette

    Amy Touchette explores themes of social connectedness through street portraiture. Trained at the International Center of Photography, she began her artistic career as a writer and painter.

    Touchette’s latest monograph, Personal Ties: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, was published by Schilt Publishing (Amsterdam) in 2021. Images from the series debuted at the National Portrait Gallery in London. One was made into a flag and flown at the Rockefeller Center rink as part of Aperture’s The Flag Project.

    In addition to lectures and public talks, she teaches street portraiture in ICP’s Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program and Continuing Education program.

    Touchette has written feature articles for PDN, Rangefinder, Emerging Photographer, and Digital Photo Pro magazines, tutorial articles on street photography for Envato Tuts+, and exhibition catalog essays.

    Street Dailies is her ongoing series of candid street portraits released regularly on Instagram. Her most recent project is a poker-sized deck of playing cards celebrating New York City’s residents.

  • Christopher Cook

    Christopher Cook is a New York–based artist, born and raised in Brooklyn. After a friend recommended the Canon AE-1, he began photographing his neighborhood. Cook has exhibited in galleries throughout New York State, from the Lower East Side to upstate Auburn. He was a 2020 AIM Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2021, Valentine Museum of Art acquired 160 of his Black Lives Matter photographs. In February 2021, Cook’s solo exhibition at Brooklyn’s Welancora Gallery, Am I Next?, showcased his documentation of the Black Lives Matter movement (May–September 2020). In the summer of 2021, he finished an artist-in-residency at Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, New York.

  • Melanie Hill

    Melanie Hill (a.k.a. Kaleidoscope Lady) is a Brooklyn-based photographer and photo artist. Eight years ago, she began her journey with a Fujifilm point-and-shoot purchased from the Home Shopping Network.

    The camera had become therapeutic, enhancing her thirst for exploring the city and providing a meditative way of escaping. She then entered an annual employee contest with one of the major hospitals in New York City — winning first place two years in a row.

    Engaging with the public through a viewfinder opens her eyes and mind to refreshing points of view about human behaviors, which makes street photography her first choice in terms of genre. Having 40+ years of experience in art and fashion allows her to merge her interests, creating a niche which she calls, “photo-art.”

    She speaks through the camera and the lens is her mic.

  • Phillip Moi-Thuk-Shung

    Phillip Moi-Thuk-Shung found his passion for photography while working as an art director with world renowned photographers for the past 20+ years.

  • Shino Kitano

    Shino Kitano is an artist and photojournalist. From her birthplace of Tokyo, Japan to Andalucia, Spain, New York City, and currently Portland, Oregon, she seeks to capture both the simple and complex. Her project We The People with Rico Washington has been added to the Smithsonian collection. Influenced by mentors Jamel Shabazz and Ruiko Yoshida, her work showcases an intimate approach to capturing subjects. Kitano uses photography to connect the beauty of the natural world with the equality of humanity. When she puts the camera down, she can be found tending to the soil to produce herbs for her love of cooking. She also enjoys illustrating the musings she comes across in the world.

Organizations

  • Prospect Park Alliance

    Prospect Park Alliance

    Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the mid-19th century, Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s flagship park — welcoming more than 10 million visits each year.

    Prospect Park Alliance is the non-profit organization that sustains “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” working in partnership with the city of New York. The Alliance was founded in 1987 to help restore the park after a long period of deterioration and decline. Today, the Alliance provides critical staff and resources that keep the park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that call Brooklyn home. The Alliance cares for the woodlands and natural areas, restores the park’s buildings and landscapes, creates innovative park destinations, and provides free or low-cost volunteer, education, and recreation programs.

    Today, Prospect Park is an international model for the care of urban parks, and one of the premier green spaces in the United States.

    https://www.prospectpark.org/

  • MPB

    MPB

    MPB is the platform to buy, sell, and trade used photography and videography kit. MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro. We have always been committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, and helping to visualize a more sustainable future. We recirculate more than 300,000 cameras, lenses, and accessories every year — extending the life and creative potential of photo and video kit for visual storytellers around the world.

  • Photoville

    Photoville

    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com

The Brooklyn Connection

 on show

Featuring: Antonio M. Rosario Amy Touchette Christopher Cook Melanie Hill Phillip Moi-Thuk-Shung Shino Kitano

Curated by: Jamel Shabazz

Presented by: Prospect Park Alliance, MPB and Photoville
  • Prospect Park Alliance
  • MPB
  • Photoville
View Location Details Number 45 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map Lefferts House, Prospect Park

452 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Location open 24 hours

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of MPB

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