Quicklink: Telling The Stories Of Hunts Point, One Portrait at a Time

Roxy: Hunts Point Bronx

Many who have followed this site are familiar with the work of Chris Arnade. He is not only a frequent (and incredibly talented) contributor to my photo pool, but he is also a good friend. His latest series of photographs documenting life in Hunts Point (after dark) has put a very human face on individuals this city seems to have forgotten. One such example is Roxy, about whom he writes:

Roxy, 23, has been walking the streets for six months, turned out by a pimp she met. “I am in school. I got tuition, food, housing, all that to pay for. This is just a way to get by. I got turned down for student loans.” When I asked her about the dangers, she said, “sure, its not easy. I’ve been kidnapped once and raped twice.” Over the summer she got into a car with a john. Another man was hiding in the backseat. They drove her to Yonkers, tied her up and raped her. “Now I am friends with the other girls. We all lookout for each other, because no one else will.”

Five minutes after we spoke the police arrested her best friend. Fifteen yards away, undeterred, the johns continued to pick up girls…

Mr. Arnade’s portraiture and accompanying anecdotes of life in Hunts Point are at turns disturbing, outraging, sad and yet curiously hopeful. The people who pose for his camera face adversities the likes of which many of the readers of this site (including me, the author) cannot begin to fathom— but instead of simply taking photos, going home and posting them, Chris follows up. Most importantly: he listens— and we should as well. These people are not “statistics”; they are our fellow New Yorkers and as such deserve our compassion and respect.

Thus, as both a friend and colleague, I was very pleased to learn he has garnered (yet more) recognition for his work. This time via the New York Times. Please take a moment to read this article. It is good read.

In closing Chris will be having a show of his photography next month—- albeit closer to home: the Urban Folk Gallery in Cobble Hill. Check it out.

Portraits & Pigeons: Photographs by Chris Arnade
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 2012 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Urban Folk Art Gallery
101 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

New York Shitty Day Starter: Moon Over Brooklyn

February 7, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11201, Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn, New York City 

Moon Over Brooklyn

Taken by Michael Tapp.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: You Go Girl!

January 17, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11201, Brooklyn, DUMBO, DUMBO Brooklyn, Street Art 

You Go Girl

Taken by Scoboco.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Broken

Broken | New York Subway System

Taken by Michael Tapp.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Brooklyn Bridge

December 8, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11201, DUMBO, DUMBO Brooklyn 

341/365 - Brooklyn Bridge.

Taken by Gina Herold.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Big D

October 20, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11201, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn 

Big D again: Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn

Chris Arnade (who took the above photograph) writes:

I was happy to run into Big D again, this time in my neighborhood. I wanted to give him a copy of the first picture I took of him: Big D

He was in a corner reading “America: Its people and places” by G. Gerosa. We caught up and then I told him about the series I did of people reading books and he agreed to let me take another picture.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Detente

October 19, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11201, Culture War, DUMBO, DUMBO Brooklyn 

Truce

Taken by Scoboco.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Atlantic A Go-Go

October 3, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11201, Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Cobble Hill Brooklyn 

Atlantic Antic antics: Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn

Taken by Chris Arnade.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Marty

October 3, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11201, Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Cobble Hill Brooklyn 

Taken by Triborough.

The Word On The Street: Euphoria

October 2, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11201, Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

Taken October 2, 2011.

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