New York Waters & Twilight on the Waterfront

June 17, 2008 - August 30, 2008
Central Library, Grand Lobby
New York Waters: Profiles from the Edge

by Randy Duchaine

 Throughout history, the working people of the New York waterfront have contributed to the expansion of the United States through their work on the New York Harbor, the Hudson River and the Erie Canal. Today, these workers still provide services to the Maritime trades, both professionally and as enthusiasts. They bring a cultural richness that adds enormous value to our city and boroughs.

I have been inspired by my encounters with these great influencers. My camera has been a great opportunity to meet and honor them all.

BPL Exhibition, Randy DuchaineRandy Duchaine has exhibited his work in many places including the American Library Association, Brooks Institute of Photography in California, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the National Arts Club in New York. He has also had creative collaborations with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and institutions. In addition, he has won awards from the New York Art Directors Club, Connecticut Art Directors Club and Society of Publication Designers, amongst others. He earned an A.A. in liberal arts, a B.S. and an Honorary Master of Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography.

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Twilight on the Waterfront: Brooklyn's Vanishing Industrial Heritage

by Nathan Kensinger


My photographs bring you inside places you may have walked by a thousand times and always wondered about. They take you into Brooklyn's industrial waterfront, a world closed to the public for decades. These fenced-off factories, refineries and shipyards lining our waterfront are often beautiful and full of surprises. They are also quickly disappearing. In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Brooklyn's entire industrial waterfront at the top of their "Most Endangered" list. Many of the places in my photographs have already been torn down as the pace of development quickens.

Once, Brooklyn had the most vital working waterfront in Americaheritage is almost gone. My photographs documen. Today, its industrial t the twilight of the waterfront.

I grew up within view of the San Francisco Navy Yard and now live two blocks from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. I have always been fascinated by the edges of waterfront cities. My documentary work is informed by many artists, including the anonymous photographers of the international Urban Exploration movement. They explore the off-limits parts of cities while ignoring traditional trespassing laws. Visiting old tunnels, factories and military bases, they document the true history of the urban landscape. Through their large network of online photography communities, I've met many talented photographers who were often with me as I explored the waterfront.

BPL Exhibition, Nathan KensingerNathan Kensinger's award-winning photographs of industrial New York are regularly featured online at Gothamist, Curbed and Brownstoner, and in publications like The New York Sun and The Architect's Newspaper. He is a producer and director of award-winning documentaries that have screened at film festivals around the country, including Slamdance, the Boston Underground and the San Francisco Independent film festivals. He is also a documentary cinematographer, a location scout for Law & Order:SVU and the documentary programmer for the Brooklyn International Film Festival. He earned a film studies from Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

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