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The Bronx Documentary Center

The Bronx Documentary Center

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.

Archive Exhibitions Supported by The Bronx Documentary Center

Bronx Junior Photo League | Year-End Exhibition

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2022

Presented by Bronx Documentary Center

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is proud to present the work of our 11-to-18-year-old Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) students, all created during this past school year.

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The People That Are Within These Frames: A Community Offers Self-Portraits

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 3
 archive : 2021

The Bronx Documentary Center’s both senior and junior photo leagues were asked by the New York Times to make self-portraits; how they defined self-portrait was up to them. Their resulting images are an insight into who they are and what they’ve reflected on at home during the time of COVID-19.

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Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6
 archive : 2020

Through photos, words, and multimedia, the Bronx Documentary Center exhibition, Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis, documents the current president’s overturning of decades of American environmental policy, and its profound effects on American society, and our planet at large.

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Bronx Activists

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

The BDC’s Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) spent the 2017-2018 school year interviewing and photographing Bronx activists from the ’70s and today, who originally started, and continue to be community leaders on issues such as: public housing conditions, gun violence, public safety and more.

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The Oldest Colony

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

“The Oldest Colony” is a meditation on the Puerto Rican identity as a product of the island’s political relationship with the United States as an unincorporated territory, and now as it morphs with the economic crisis and hurricane Maria’s aftermath.

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Attacks On The Press | MEXICO

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

In recent years Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, with levels of violence unmatched by any country in the Western Hemisphere. Attacks and threats against journalists and photojournalists are a daily occurrence and assassinations are routine.

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Journeys: Immigration Stories

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2017

These 12 to 18-year-old Bronx students have created windows into the lives of a Vietnamese nun, a Dominican artist, and an exiled Russian journalist, among others. This work reveals the challenges and triumphs of life in today’s New York City immigrant community.

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Jerome Avenue Workers Project

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2016

This exhibition documents and celebrates the workers and trades people of Jerome Avenue, one of New York City’s few remaining working class neighborhoods where many still make a living by working in small shops and factories or by repairing auto-mobiles.

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Archive Sessions and Events Supported by The Bronx Documentary Center

Sep 172020

Connection and Reflection during COVID-19

Students in the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s (BDC) free documentary storytelling and college success program for 6th through 12th grade students, have been documenting social justice issues and community-based stories since 2013.

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Sep 192019

Bronx Junior Photo League

Bronx Junior Photo League student photographers will discuss their work on environmental justice, homelessness, access to healthy foods, LGBTQI+ activism, and more.

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Sep 152018

Attacks On Press Freedom in Mexico

A conversation about the attacks on press freedom in Mexico with Alexandra Ellerbeck, Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) North America program coordinator, Mexican photojournalist Emmanuel Guillen Lozano, and Ginger Thompson, senior reporter at ProPublica.

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Sep 142018

Bronx Junior Photo League

The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is a free after-school photography and journalism program serving middle through high school students at the Bronx Documentary Center, a non-profit gallery and educational space in the South Bronx.

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Sep 162017

Bronx Documentary Center Junior Photo League

Students from the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) — the Bronx Documentary Center’s after-school documentary photography program — will share the work they created for “Journeys: Immigration Stories,” on view at Photoville.

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