Last month, we held our first installment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tour for 2016. We had a small but dedicated group of photographers on what turned out to be a stunning day – and the photos clearly show that. Three of these photos will be selected by this season’s judge, Alyssa Fridgen. Alyssa has a keen eye for the Yard and historic landscapes, as she is Exhibit Content Manager for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, as well as being the Education Director and Curator and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx. (more…)
For the last three years, we have had the honor and pleasure to see the Brooklyn Navy Yard change through the eyes of hundreds of very, very talented photographers. Our Seasonal Photography Tour participants have chronicled this amazing landscape from season to season, from year to year, creating an incredible record of the Yard at this moment of transformation.
2015 was no different – over four tours, we received 143 submissions from 23 different photographers, and those were winnowed down to 12 finalist photos by a panel of insightful judges. These finalists were then put on display in the first floor of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 – they will remain up for the next several months, so please go check them out – and offered up for online voting by the public. And for the first time, this year we compiled the photos into a handsome wall calendar for Brooklyn Navy Yard staff, partners, and friends (if you’re still in the market for a 2016 calendar, there are a few left for sale at the BLDG 92 gift shop, open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6pm.) (more…)
Earlier this year, we completed our third series of special photography tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and once again, the Yard proved to be a compelling and multi-faceted tapestry for photographers in all four seasons. These two-hour explorations were led in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, but we also had help from a generous group of artists and photographers. We received 143 submissions from 23 different visitors for our photography contest, and these four judges volunteered their time to winnow them down to the 12 you see below.
Now we need your help to pick just one.
Gothamist, November 29, 2015
by Laren Evans / Photos by Tod Seelie
The four-million-square-foot Brooklyn Army Terminal has a long and interesting history as a military supply base, but these days, it’s still getting a handle on its new life as a commercial hub.
The federal government sold the terminal to New York City in 1981, and a few years later, a wholesale renovation began. It’s come a long way since then—notable tenants now include such diverse neighbors as the NYPD’s intelligence division, the chocolatier Jacques Torres, the New York City Bioscience initiative center and the Museum of Natural History.
As winter approaches, it means another year of Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tours is in the books, and we’re happy to announce the final set of three finalists in our annual photo contest, chosen from the submissions from our fall tour earlier this month. These three will join the winter, spring, and summer selections in a gallery of 12 finalists that will be displayed later this year in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. You will also have the chance to vote for your favorites in our annual People’s Choice Award voting, both online and at BLDG 92.
But now, on to the selections, picked this time by John Bartelstone, someone who has spent the better part of 25 years documenting the history and transformations of the Yard’s amazing industrial landscape. And not surprisingly, each one of the winning photos captured some element of the working waterfront. (more…)
Just over a week ago, we had our final installment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tour for 2015. Thank you to the five participants who sent in their photos, and to the 20 or so people who came out with thus to explore the working waterfront areas of the Yard.
As we do every season, three photos will be chosen from this lot to be entered in the year-end competition (see the winter, spring, and summer finalists already selected). We are lucky to have the keen and experienced eye of John Bartelstone, author of the beautiful book The Brooklyn Navy Yard, chronicling the industrial landscape of the Yard over more than two decades (and you can get a copy at BLDG 92!) (more…)
Each season, we offer a special opportunity for photographers to explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard with us. Our next Seasonal Photography Tour is taking place this Saturday, October 10 at 11am, departing from BLDG 92.
For this special tour, we’ll be exploring the industrial and maritime features of the waterfront at the Yard, including close-up views of the many ships that are currently berthed at the Yard awaiting repairs, a pier that will soon be redeveloped for new construction, and the landmark 1851 dry dock. Unlike previous tours, we will not be visiting the Naval Hospital Campus, though you can still step inside the 1838 building until October 24 as part of a special art exhibition there following the tour. (more…)
This summer, a small but dedicated crew of photographers braved the July showers to photograph the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and they shared their work with us. From those photos, BLDG 92 Visiting Artist Robin Michals selected her three favorites, which will be displayed in BLDG 92 in 2016.
Robin’s work has been focused around the changing face of the Brooklyn waterfront, so not surprisingly, her selections reflect that sensibility, showcasing the Yard’s industrial dimensions and working character. We will continue that trend with our fall installment, when we will be joined by John Bartlelstone, longtime chronicler of the Yard’s heavy industry, and focus our lenses on the working waterfront areas. (more…)
The forecast called for rain on July 18, and more than half of the participants in the tour decided that they would rather take a photography tour of the Navy Yard on another day. Luckily, by 11:05 or so, the weather broke, and those left standing had a spectacular tableau of clouds and rain puddles on which to capture the Yard.
Stay tuned for our three summer finalists, selected by BLDG 92 Visiting Artist Robin Michals, and thank you to all the photographers who submitted. Check out the submissions and finalists from our spring installment, and join the next tour – Saturday, October 10. (more…)
Each season, we offer a special opportunity for photographers to explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard with us. Our next Seasonal Photography Tour is taking place this Saturday, July 18 at 11am, departing from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, and visiting sites including the Naval Hospital Campus, one of the Yard’s working dry docks, and other working waterfront sites.
Our judge for this season’s photo contest is one of BLDG 92′s 2015 Visiting Artists. Robin Michals is an associate professor of photography at New York City College of Technology, and she has spent the last several years documenting the rapid pace of change along the Brooklyn waterfront, including participating in Brooklyn Historical Society’s Documenting Sandy exhibit last year. We sat down with Robin to learn more about her experiences on the waterfront: (more…)