Shifting Perspectives at the Brooklyn Historical Society

From May 19, 2017 to September 10, 2017, the exhibit "Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn's Waterfront" will be on view at the Brooklyn Historical Society's new space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. This exhibit features the work of 25 photographers, from the 1930's to present day, including Berenice Abbott, Rudy Burckhardt, Bruce Davidson, Morris Engel & Chester Higgins, Jr.

Four of Nathan Kensinger's photographic prints are presented in the exhibit, along with five photographs included in a gallery slideshow. These images are selections from Kensinger's ongoing documentation of New York City's waterfront, and range in date from 2007 to 2016. They include photographs from the Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg, Dry Dock One in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Gowanus Canal, Sea Gate, Coney Island Creek, and Dead Horse Bay.

"Shifting Perspectives" was curated by Marilyn Symmes. The Brooklyn Historical Society writes of the exhibit: "This exhibition features the work of two dozen photographers whose images crisscross the Brooklyn shoreline, from Newtown Creek to Jamaica Bay. By picturing decades of Brooklyn’s coastal scenery, including its changing industrial and postindustrial environment, the exhibition presents dramatic panoramic vistas; spectacular aerial views; glimpses of popular recreational attractions, particularly in nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park and at Coney Island; and other scenes, including those impacted by natural or manmade forces, as well as by gentrification."

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