Featuring: Yuri Kozyrev, Stacy Kranitz, Katie Orlinsky, Bryan Thomas, Kadir van Lohuizen, Marcus Yam
Working within the documentary tradition, Stacy Kranitz makes photographs that acknowledge the limits of photographic representation. Her images do not tell the “truth” but are honest about their inherent shortcomings, and thus reclaim these failures (exoticism, ambiguity, fetishization) as sympathetic equivalents in order to more forcefully convey the complexity and instability of the lives, places, and moments they depict. Kranitz was born in Kentucky and currently lives in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee.
Born in The Netherlands in 1963, Kadir Van Lohuizen started his career as a photo-journalist in 1988 by reporting the Intifada. During the mid-1990s, he covered conflicts in Africa and the aftermaths of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He is best known for his long-term projects documenting seven rivers of the world, which he roamed from source to mouth. He also documented the rising of sea levels and its consequences, the diamond industry, the post-Katrina period in the USA, violence against women, and migration in the Americas. Kadir has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism.
As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev (Russia, 1963) has witnessed many world-changing events. He started his career documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union, capturing the rapid changes in the former USSR for the L.A. Times during the 90s. In 2001, Yuri Kozyrev started to cover international news, working in Afghanistan and Iraq as a photographer for TIME Magazine. Since 2011, Yuri Kozyrev has been documenting the “Arab Revolutions” and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, and specifically in Egypt and Libya. Since 2015, he covers the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the rise of Russian nationalism, and the migrant crisis in Europe.
Bryan Thomas is a Brooklyn-based photographer and a recent finalist for The 2019 Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. Bryan graduated from Dartmouth College and worked at GQ Magazine before earning his Master of Arts at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. His most recent body of work, “Sunrise/Sunset,” was featured in 2019’s PDN Annual, awarded the Daylight Photo Award, and exhibited at The Aperture Foundation and The Griffin Museum of Photography. Bryan’s self-published zine, “The Sea in the Darkness Calls,” is held in the libraries of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
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.
Marcus Yam is a Los Angeles Times staff photographer. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he left a career in aerospace engineering to become a photographer. His goal: to take viewers to the frontlines of conflict, struggle and intimacy. In 2019, Marcus was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award for his intimate body of work documenting the everyday plight of Gazans during deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip. Marcus was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news teams that covered – tragic San Bernardino, Calif. terrorist attacks in 2015 for the Los Angeles Times and the deadly landslide in Oso, Washington for the Seattle Times.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
After residing in the Bronx in the 1980s, founder Michael Kamber spent a decade on the road, photographing conflict and war for The New York Times. When he left Afghanistan in 2011, he returned to the Bronx with a dream of creating an educational space that would provide the South Bronx with much needed access and exposure to high-quality documentary work. After purchasing an abandoned landmarked building, he partnered with arts administrator, and co-founder Danielle Jackson, and turned the building’s 1,000-square-foot storefront into the Bronx Documentary Center’s (BDC) permanent home.
The center’s programming is robust, with over 35 major exhibitions, and hundreds of public programs, including film screenings, lectures, workshops, free guided exhibition tours for over 5,000 students, and community-based service projects for South Bronx residents. Over 35,000 people have visited the BDC gallery and participated in its programs. The center is particularly proud that over seventy percent of its visitors and participants come from the Bronx.
The Bronx Documentary Center is an accessible, community-oriented gallery and educational space located in Melrose, one of New York City’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. Melrose is the proud home to immigrants from around the globe, including many from the Caribbean, West Africa, Mexico, and South and Central America. To serve the Melrose community, the BDC opens up local discussions through film and photography and provides access to world-class exhibitions and screenings, all the while being fully rooted in the concerns and needs of Bronx residents. Additionally, the BDC not only employs Bronx residents, but also promotes educational programming that empowers our neighbors to tell their own stories. By carving out a unique arts space, the BDC seeks to encourage Bronx residents to participate in the vibrant culture of Melrose and beyond.