Member Spotlight: Corey Torpie

What artists inspire you?

I'm inspired by the work of Larry Fink and Mary Ellen Mark

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

The Good, The Band and The Argyle by the Bouncing Souls

How did you get into photography?

High School

What's your day job?

Wedding Photographer

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Mint Chocolate Chip

IG @coreytorpiephotography

Member Spotlight: Ali Rashti

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

The Mamiya 6 is a really special camera. I'm completely in love with the square ratio and what is there not to like about a bigger negative. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I would describe myself as a documentary photographer. I really enjoy candid/natural moments. They're rare and almost impossible to capture due to the photographers' presence but sometimes lightning strikes and you get lucky.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I love film sets. I'm a film junkie. I work in film and I've always wanted to direct movies for as long as I can remember. I think the stills photographer on film sets has the coolest job.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in-depth you've gone?

Not long. I have a short attention span. This Christmas I took a trip to Atlantic City to find out who spends their Christmas gambling in the casinos of Atlantic City. That's probably the longest project, 3 days.  

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I'm going on five years strong in Brooklyn. It doesn't seem long but that's the longest I've lived in any place. I'm nomadic like that.

IG @rshty

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Lopiccolo

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My favorite camera is my Rolleiflex which once belonged to a great uncle whom I never met. He started up a photography business somewhere in New York but his partner ran off with most of the equipment, leaving the Rolleiflex behind. It sat in my grandparents’ cabinet in Florida until a couple years ago. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

In general I am interested in people and their connections to the spaces they inhabit. Abstractions of form and light, whether natural or experimental, are important to me as well. Photography, for me, can become an act of empathy through which I aim to explore the poetics of anyone’s daily life. 

3. What’s your dream photo shoot?

Currently I am planning a series about home ownership in Bed Stuy. I’m hoping to photograph as many homeowners in their homes as possible in an attempt to understand this neighborhood on the terms of those who have long-planted roots, as well as those who have recently chosen to buy and to live here.

4. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I’ve lived in Brooklyn for eight years and in Bed Stuy (Ocean Hill) for three years.

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5. What’s your day job?

I am a bartender at Bar Lunatico in Bed Stuy which has live music every night. I am also a singer and musician. 

Member Spotlight: Beatrice Helman

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My Mamiya 645 medium format camera is my favorite, despite how particular and finicky it is, and despite the fact that it usually breaks on me at the worst times ever, the large rectangular negatives are so beautiful and so clear and for some reason let me get close enough to the subject of the photo in a way that’s intimate and familiar. And I love the chunk of it - it’s super heavy, but I love the whir and purr and feel of the machinery.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style? 

I’m definitely a moody photographer. I like feelings, I like trying to understand how I feel through the things that I make, and so I’m almost always somehow trying to understand my inner life through my outer art. I’m in graduate school for creative writing, and stories and photographs have always been completely intertwined in my brain for as long as I can remember. Fiction doesn’t exist without photography, for me, and vice versa. I prefer projects, or even singular photoshoots, that feel like they’re telling a story, however small, and even if it might not seem so, I always have some narrative in my head.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot? 

My dream photoshoot is a recreation of my parents wedding, white lilies, white gloves and all. They’re divorced, but my mom still has her dress, and for my birthday I begged them to just let me have one project revolving around them this year. Fingers crossed it happens! I’m fascinated by their relationship and it’s definitely one of the largest influences in my life, personal and professional.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone? 

The longest I’ve ever spent on a project is probably a few months, but usually projects start to collect and brew in my brain for a few months before they happen, so in total six months probably. I usually fill pages and pages of my notebooks with ideas and research, so it really takes a while for ideas and photographs to come to life.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I’ve lived in New York since 2010! I went to college here and stayed.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Voss

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

I used to use point and shoot cameras but became frustrated with them dying out of nowhere. I now use a Pentax K1000 because I can't really break it. However I did once.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I'd say i'm a technically deficient photographer and the dream is that I have a style at the end of the road.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I know how this sounds, but I tell myself often I'd love to get full access to a college frat party.To be that weird 32 year old at a college party with a camera fly on that wall. Man that'd be sweet.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I went to the inauguration for three days to see if I could capture something. I had to stand in lines just a few feet long for hours to get access to penned areas and walk like 15 miles a day. I often think about what it means to "go for it", what obsession means, and work ethic etc. I feel like I did my best, but it's hard to not compare yourself to other people. I strive to be as driven as possible even after a 40 hour work week. I also have an ongoing series of rain and night photography. It's often raining and dark when I have time to shoot-- After work.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?
 

I've been in Brooklyn for 4 1/2 years, after living in Oakland, California. I think Oakland was too chill, and too expensive now.

What artists inspire you?

I love Garry Winogrand and Helen Levitt. Winogrand not only for the best to date example of work ethic, but also for how he thought about photography. Helen Levitt cause she's obviously the best.

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

This is Not a Photograph - Mission of Burma

How did you get into photography?

I played in a lot of crummy punk bands in California that required a collaborative effort. Those spaces opened me up to a lot of different creative avenues and that idea I can do it all myself. I like photography cause it's a purely solitary art form that allows me to be a weirdo anytime I'd like. Also my dad I guess, whatever.

IG @chrisvossnyc

Member Spotlight: Vincent D'Oria

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

Nikon F2. I've been shooting with the same F2 that my father used in the 70s. He was my biggest inspiration in my work, using his camera today feels like he's with me on every shoot.

2. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I'd love to build a giant movie set, Gregory Crewdson style.

3. What artists inspire you?

I love expressionist and impressionist art. Van Gogh, Rothko and Munch inspire a lot of my ideas. I love David Lachapelles irreverent themes in photography. I also love Martin Parr, Joel Meyerowitz, William Mortensen, Edward Steichen, Masahisa Fukase, . There are too many to name.

4. How did you get into photography?

I started taking pictures for my high school newspaper in 2007 as a favor (I was a layout editor at the time), and fell in love after my first photo job. The next year I became the newspapers Photo Editor in Chief and decided to go to SVA after high school to pursue my career.

5. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles from Carvel.

IG @vincent_doria

Volunteer Spotlight: Jorge Garcia

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

Leica m6 with a 28mm is my combo of choice. There are no functions to distract you and its small size allows me to be quick.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I am a street photographer. I take pictures of people in public spaces candidly. I hardly stop moving and never ask permission.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

Tokyo, a few weeks, comfy sneakers, and a bunch of lomography color negative 800.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I have yet to finish a project. I am constantly starting new ones and putting old ones on the back burner.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I’ve lived in Ridgewood for 4 years. Love Ridgewood. It’s chill, easy commute to the city, and cheap enough for me to keep burning money of film.

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Member Spotlight: Tommaso Sacconi

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

I choose the camera based upon the project. However, the one I use the most is an old Nikon FM which I got from my mother. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

Taking photos is my OCD and changing style is my therapy. Currently I am collecting mistakes. And I love it. 

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

My dream photoshoot is the one that doesn't imply any expectations.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I am not good to understand when a project is complete or finished. There is always something that I want to add, even after years. 

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

Two years in New York. Always in Bushwick. 


www.tommasosacconi.com

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Volunteer Spotlight: Olivia McCausland

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

Nikon L35AF-- it's a sturdy 35 mm point and shoot with a good lens!

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I like portrait, street, and photojournalism

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

They are all dreamy if we click 

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I have an on going project photographing my father's neighborhood--about two years. 

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

Nearly three years 

Member Spotlight: Jeff Stein

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

My favorite camera is the Rolleiflex 3.5f because its so unusual to shoot with. Also when I walk around the city , I always seem to strike up conversations with other Rolleiflex photographers.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I'm mainly a landscape photographer but also dabble in portraiture and street. I'd describe myself as a compulsive shooter, I'm always looking to magnify to the smallest possible detail through the lens.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

Dream photo shoot would have to be some kind of single malt scotch product shoot. Think of the perks..

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I'd say the longest I've spent taking photos for one project is about 6 months. I was living in Savannah, Georgia and building a golf course in a rural area 1 hr away. The drive got to be too much to handle so I would often camp out on site and take pictures at night.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I'm originally from Staten Island, NY but just recently moved to South Williamsburg in the Fall of 2017.

Member Spotlight: Wayne Kraemer

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

My favorite camera right now is a Nikon FE - it's almost identical to my dad's Minolta XG-A I learned to shoot on, so it always feel going home.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I mostly shoot street and flowers. While I don't get it right anywhere near as much as I'd like, I strive for images that feel organic, balanced without symmetry, intimate, and impermanent.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I'd love to be able to travel the country by rail, shooting the small-town cabbies who hang out at train stations standing at their cars.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I haven't really had the focus or patience to work on a long-term project - that sort of discipline is something I'm hoping to develop in myself with the move from digital to analog.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I've lived in Brooklyn for 12 years.

Member Spotlight: Alberto Genato

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?


I shoot with a Mamiya 7ii and it’s my favorite camera. It’s medium format camera, that shoots 6x7 images and it’s a rangefinder. I love the way it feels, it’s size and ergonomics are great, it’s discreet for a medium format camera, it looks the part, and the lenses are amazing! It’s a leaf shutter camera, which has its benefits and it has some drawbacks, like a maximum shutter speed of 1/500 a sec. It is however super silent and since there is no mirror, you don’t get a crazy slap. It is a little plasticy but it still feels well made.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I’ve been shooting for around 18 years now and over the past few years I’ve figure out the photography I want to focus on and produce. I love shooting landscapes and urbanscspes but that doesn’t stop me from venturing out of that realm.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

My dream shoot would be to document landscapes that have been affected by human interaction/expansion and our need for resources. Location that come to mind is the Salton sea, mining and deforestation in certain islands in the Philippines, and millions of other places in this planet.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

My father had Alzheimer’s disease, I documented the last part of his life as much as I could. It was hard to shoot at times but also made me come to terms with his struggle. I never felt that connected to a photo project and I usually don’t shoot subjects/projects that are that personal to me.

On a lighter note, I have been working on a project that I started around 6 years ago. I shot it for a class I took, but now I am continuing and reshooting it with film. I plan on focusing on it this year and I hope that it would be a continuing project for me. It started out as a project shooting Jersey shore towns during the off-seasons but I now have taken out the location criteria.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I have lived in New York for around 5 years. I lived in the Philippines until I was 18, moved to San Francisco, then to Philly, and I found my way to New York.

Member Spotlight: Cassie Reeder

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 


My favorite to work with currently is my Mamiya Rz67. It's heavy and reminds me of the weight of my work when I take it with me. It also has the feel of working with a large format camera while being more accessible. On top of that 120mm film is wonderful to work with in its moderate size and grain quality.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I would describe myself as an analogue nude photographer who shoots to capture intimacy and work against the sexualization of the human form.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

My dream photo shoot is having a happy human in a room they feel comfortable with a large swath of natural light.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

The longest I've spent on a project was probably close to a year. I went around and asked strangers to close their eyes and think of the most intimate moment they'd ever had; to play it through in their mind. When they opened their eyes the one thing I wanted from them was the word that resonated most with that memory. I then took the time to find or capture an image that intimately detailed that word to me. At the end of it I made an alphabetical chapter book of the words, people, and images. all anonymous.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I've been in Brooklyn since December 28th 2013. Ive lived in Buswhick, Bedstuy, Crown Heights, and Flatbush in that time.

Volunteer Spotlight: Stacey Porrazzo

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

My favorite is my dad's Minolta X-370, it was my first camera and I'm super comfortable with it. But lately I've been carrying around an Olympus Trip 35 with me everywhere, it's a lot of fun to shoot with.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I tend to shoot mostly nature and street photography, and I really enjoy experimenting!

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I'd love to travel and shoot all over the world.

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4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I haven't worked on many projects unfortunately. I would like to more, though.

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5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

Three years.

Member Spotlight: Daniel Bashin

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

Nikon FM3a - I just recently purchased this and I really like the flow and feel of it, perfect fully manual camera for everyday use. I learned film photography on my Pentax Super ME, so that will always have a place in my heart. Other notable cameras include Nikon N80Polaroid SX-70Polaroid 360 Land Camera.
 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

Mostly experimental photography and street photography. My eye is drawn to the dirt - raw forms, abandoned scenes, curious ironic moments, light leaks, mistakes. I like experimenting with photo chemistry (polaroids) and taking multiple exposure shots out of curiosity. Nothing is ever planned or calculated, completely in the moment - candid shots from my life, mistakes are always the best part.
 

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

Going out for a walk in New York or any other undiscovered place, nature or urban environment. Finding peculiar scenes, a small peep-hole on a construction site, random shots of people who are not camera-conscious and in the moment. Getting that one shot in that one particular moment with the sun setting which will never happen again the same way.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I've never planned a photo shoot.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

Been living in New York since 2005,  Bushwick in particular for the last 5 years.

Member Spotlight: Taylor Anthony

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My favorite camera is the Leica M6 Classic. It's the second 35mm camera I've owned but used the most. It's helped me learn a lot about photography and myself. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

Although I am a "street photographer" I don't think I've been shooting long enough to have a style yet. As of now I'm just shooting what I'm drawn to.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

My dream photo shoot would involve a coy sky and not too many tall things in the way. Sunny sixteen for the win! 

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I've actually just decided to start working on a book! Does life count as project? If that's the case 21 years! 

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I've grown up in Brooklyn and moved out and back for a total of a decade. 

Member Spotlight: Victor Cohen

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

Anything that shoots in 6x9, really—I love the luxurious size and the speed of roll film. I usually use a Mamiya Universal Press, but it has its ups and downs. The Nikon F2AS my dad gave me will always have a special place in my heart.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I've been shooting street work most of my life. It's a mix of geometry, showing how the big city minimizes or erases people, and finding emotion in public spaces.

But my style is in flux in a big way right now. I'm starting to move toward more conceptual, image-making instead of image-hunting work. It seems to be heading toward a parodic and darkly reflective look at certain modern trends. I'm also trying out manipulation of the image itself through toners, bleach, scratching negatives, etc. I don't have anything to show yet, though!

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I'm just not in a place where I can answer that and not hate my answer a month from now. I'm still in a very exploratory phase.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I've spent a few full days working on industrial architectural shots with a field camera. Scouting locations, working out camera placement, waiting for the right light, etc. That is going to be topped by an upcoming conceptual work, though.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

Way to make assumptions! I've lived in Queens for about 4 years and around NYC for 9. I grew up nearby, though. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jon Walker

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My favorite camera is a wide angle rolleiflex. It's a really unique camera. The lens feels like a 28mm and the images you can coax out of it have a different feel because of the square format. It makes me shoot differently than with my leica, engage with my subjects more, choose moments more carefully because you only have 12 exposures. Excellent for documentary work. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I would describe work as a photographer as a mix between Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand, and William Klein. I like to use wide angle lenses so I can pack more of a story into my frames. I look for unposed moments on the street that surprise me. Every photograph is a reaction, or as Joel Meyerowitz puts it, you are saying yes to something. I love that. 

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I went on a road trip around the country last summer photographing in various cities and places in between that caught my attention. I would love to get paid to do that for a magazine--photograph the current state of America (dream big why dontcha). 

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I spent a week in Baltimore documenting a neighborhood called Harwood. I walked around and introduced myself to people, listened to their stories, gave out about $100 worth of polaroids to the people I photographed. I gained their trust and was invited to stay and document what I saw.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I've lived in New York for about 4 months. Before that I would take NJ transit from my parents house to photograph in the city a few times a week.

"MARCH" EXHIBIT: Photographs from marches around the United States within the last year

CURATOR'S NOTES:

Entropy is defined as a lack of order, or a descent into chaos. Institutions are no longer trusted. The familiar becomes strange. Things fall apart, and the center no longer holds. Surely, we are living in a time of entropy.

Into this vacuum we as artists must step. Whether at the Standing Rock reservation, the streets of New York City, the national mall in Washington, or elsewhere, we use our cameras to document, to preserve, and to share with the world what we find — individuals taking a stand against the entropy that envelopes us.

For this show, we asked photographers to share moments from these protests. Some are loud and chaotic, like Jose Alvarado Jr.'s dynamic shot of demonstrators swarming a Manhattan street corner to protest the presidential election outcome. Other moments, like Jack Berner's image of a young mother nursing her child at the Women's March, are quiet and intimate. 

From the explicit (Erin Teresa Browning) to the etherial (Adam Thompson), these images bear silent witness to the times we live in. Perhaps we will choose to respond to them, to mobilize and raise our own voices in protest. Perhaps we will choose only to observe them and move on. What we cannot do — what we must not do — is look away.

Scott Nyerges, curator

March 7, 2017

JOSE ALVARADO

JOSE ALVARADO

JOSE ALVARADO

ELIZABETH STEMMLER

ELIZABETH STEMMLER

ADAM THOMPSON

ADAM THOMPSON

JENNIFER NG

JENNIFER NG

ERIN BROWNING

ERIN BROWNING

ERIN BROWNING

MICHAEL HASSIN

MICHAEL HASSIN

KOHAR MINASSIAN

KOHAR MINASSIAN

JACK BERNER

REBECCA HOVEL

REBECCA HOVEL

Volunteer Spotlight: Noelle Duquette

 1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My favorite camera rotates a lot just depending on how much tequila I had that night. I like to order all kinds of cameras at 4 in the morning. Sometimes cameras just show up at my front doorstep and I totally forgot that I even ordered it. It's a nice way to really surprise yourself. If I could afford more I would probably prefer a different camera than the one that I am using. But until then!! 

Instant- Polaroid Spectra because the shape of the film and the spontaneity and instant gratification of instant film. Also spectra has some cool filters that look super trippy. 

35mm- Pentax K1000 because of it's reliability. 

Medium format- Yashica Mat-124 G.  its super light a durable and the crank advance is oh sooo satisfying! 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I like to joke and tell people that I am a poor, amateur photographer. Which really is no joke. Overall, I like to shoot smut. Just imagine a Playboy centerfold from the 1960s-1980s and you have probably nailed my aesthetic. I love for the women that I shoot to feel empowered and beautiful. 

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

Dream photo shoot: To have shot the centerfold for Playboy April, 1967. 

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I don't even know what the longest is that I have ever worked on a project is. Once I started shooting film, it became very obvious that simply archiving my film, it was going to be a lifelong project. Its far too overwhelming but I am in love with the idea that I will probably never feel truly complete when it comes to my work. 

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I moved to Brooklyn December 1, 2015. One year and some change!