A Moment Preserved by Phillip Bond
Central Library, Lobby Gallery
A mixed-media representation of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community and Macon Library, a literary safe haven that has served this historic neighborhood for 107 years.
This project is a reflection of my life experience as a librarian in public spaces, and in an amazing urban community that is rapidly changing. As a public servant of information and service, I am honored to witness the beauty, complexity and shared experiences of Brooklyn residents on a daily basis. Macon Library and Bedford-Stuyvesant has been the biggest influence of this project because of its unique relationship with the community it serves. I wanted to create a project that would capture the essence of Bedford-Stuyvesant as a neighborhood that surrounds the Macon branch, in part by capturing a moment in time when the residents that use this space as a cultural meeting ground became preserved in its historical fabric for years to come.
Phillip Bond earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in film and video from Columbia College in Chicago, IL, and his MLS in library science from Pratt Institute. He is currently a senior librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and has exhibited his work both at Central and Macon libraries in the past.
Niqui Carter, who originally trained as a painter, received a BA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota, and studied photography at Parsons in Paris, France. She works as a freelance photographer and is the studio manager for Darrin Haddad Photography. Carter’s work has appeared in a Numu Arts group show, and in the locally published zine, Birdsong, among other places.
Photographs © Niqui Carter