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habitat

Habitat is a project initiated by Stéphane Missier and Kris Manchester. Habitat is an instinctive observation of our urban environment, and a celebration of the unpredictable moments and fleeting creativity in everyday life. In December 2013, we had the pleasure to kick-start the quadrilogy at Miami Art Basel, followed by a pop-up exhibition at Espace MASSIVart … Continue reading

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Last Days of Summer at Coney Island

The landscape of New York keeps on changing, but Coney Island is cruising through time with the same vivid and dissolute charm, against its own “transition.” As summer wraps up, the gritty seaside amusement district is effervescent, the boardwalk filled with bronzed and tattooed flesh and grinning characters, chasing and squeezing in the last bit … Continue reading

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Bedford-Stuyvesant [April 2014]

The result of three intense days of shooting in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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Havana Boxing Dreams

Dreams are pretty much all you can have in Cuba and boxing allows Cuba’s youth to do just that. Cuba’s rich olympic legacy is a strong source of inspiration for young fighters all around the country. Ambitions of a successful career a la “Kid Chocolate” fuel determination and focus in La Havana’s numerous neighborhood boxing … Continue reading

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Raw Havana

Trapped under tropical socialism, Havana is a city of numerous contradictions and paradoxes. Havana juxtaposes cultural richness and necessity, colonial splendor and dilapidated beauty. It’s a vibrant place where joie de vivre collides with hopelessness, and where resourcefulness hide out the flagrant lack of infrastructures. I’ve spent 7 days in La Havana and this is … Continue reading

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Round-Up 2012

A round-up of my favorite pictures in 2012. Happy New Year and thank you, to everyone. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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Eerie Lunar Landscape In Queens

Man-made sand pyramids await replacement on the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park in The Rockaways, Queens. The dunes are made out of sifted sand from the surrounding area, by workers who shoveled the sand from the streets after Hurricane Sandy’s passage. Polished by the cold winter wind, these artificial cones formed an eerie lunar … Continue reading

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Ravaged Rockaway Beach Homes

Beach Homes in Rockaway beach, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. This is what’s left of the Silver Gull Beach Club, which first opened in 1963 and was used for the filming of the movie “The Flamingo Kid.” The popular summer getaway was completely devastated by the storm. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

Here are some distressing photos of the Rockaways, a few days after hurricane Sandy’s devastating passage. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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The Soul of Summer

Block Parties are the quintessence of the summer season in New York where youngsters and geezers mingle together in an outburst of freedom and shared happiness. I still remember my first experience with a block party back in 2007. I had just moved to New York on a beautiful block in the heart of Bed-Stuy, … Continue reading

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100 Days of Summer

I’ve spent three summers pacing up and down the boiling blocks of Brooklyn and the Bronx trying to capture the playful festival-like energy of these New York City streets, and fire hydrants are what best exemplify this energy. When the valves are open, they release an incredible amount of happiness, pride and mischievous ingenuity. Water … Continue reading

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The Bronx Riviera

By the time I got to Orchard Beach, I was jet-lagged and needed a moment to adjust and cope with the environment. It took me almost two hours to get there from Brooklyn. I first got on the G train, then the blue line for a few stops, then hopped on the 4 uptown express … Continue reading

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The Freedom Tunnel

Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the “Freedom” Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era. After using it for only a couple of years, Amtrak discontinued the line and left a massive cavern which later became a … Continue reading

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Hasidic Brooklyn

Walking in the Hasidic portion of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a bit of a surreal and anachronistic relish. I found this isolated neighborhood, home of the ultra-orthodox Satmar community, particularly photogenic as it seems suspended in time and contrasts heavily with the continuous metamorphosis observed in adjacent neighborhoods. On Saturdays, during Shabbat, bearded men wearing … Continue reading

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The Ruins of an Empire

Motown has ran out of gas. The city looks like a ghost-town or a place that has been hit by a typhoon. Some areas even look like war zones. As I drive around downtown Detroit and in the adjacent neighborhoods below the infamous 8 mile road that defines Detroit’s northern border, I have post-apocalyptic visions. … Continue reading

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Winter Faces

The winter being particularly clement this year, the streets of Brooklyn are busy and filled with interesting and photogenic visages. Here are some of my favorites so far. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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Best of 2011

Here is a look at some of my favorite images of the year taken in New York city, Berlin and Paris. 2011 in numbers: 3422 frames shot, edited down to 689 images uploaded on flickr. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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The Atrium: Abandoned Palace in Downtown NY

After reading that this magnificent 9-story abandoned building will soon become a luxurious hotel called the Beekman Palace, I have decided to contact the developer to see if he would eventually let me in…which he did, after throwing him a couple of bucks. I have to say that legal urban exploration is definitely not comparable … Continue reading

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Le Ciel de New York

I paid the Lady Finger a visit yesterday with the idea to capture “The Sky of New York”. The rooftop of the south elevator tower is the highest point in South Brooklyn and probably gives the best 360-degree view of the big apple. From there, you have a full frontal view of Lady Liberty, the … Continue reading

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Wings (with me)

I had the opportunity to follow my friend Chris Arnade this summer during his favorite pastime: chasing pigeons and meeting pigeon keepers. Getting up on the roofs was quite a journey, but once up-there, it was an astonishing spectacle. It encapsulates everything I love about street photography. Poignant stories from raw characters, splendid urban sceneries … Continue reading

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Romantic Reflections’ photo-shoot & behind-the-scenes

Two years after Audiocentric, Jason Minnis and I collaborated again earlier this month on his latest musical project: Romantic Reflections. Jason is a Brooklyn based producer & classical pianist and he asked me to take the lead on the visual concept of his classical piano EP. We did a ghost-dog style photo-shoot on a roof-top … Continue reading

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The Grain Terminal

On the far side of Red Hook Park’s soccer and baseball fields, locked-up behind a fence made of enormous concrete blocks, lays the last vestige of Red Hook’s industrial grandeur: The New York Port Authority Grain Terminal. This massive 429-foot long and 12-story high beige-colored fortress was built in 1922 for the purpose of washing, … Continue reading

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The Participatory Art of JR (in the Bronx)

French street artist JR partnered with Bronx’s Hunts Point Alliance for Children to present “Through A Mother’s Eyes,” a community art project which involves inhabitants of Hunts Point in South Bronx, in images taken by and of themselves. Participatory art at its finest. JR also recently wheatpasted some huge posters in Soho as part of … Continue reading

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Lavender Lake

The Gowanus Canal is located in the heart of Brooklyn, bordering the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook. When the canal opened in 1866, it quickly became the nation’s busiest commercial waterway and also the most polluted. The resulting growth of foundries, oil-storage facilities, dye works, printing plants, cement factories, tanneries, coal yards, chemical … Continue reading

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Mount Edgemere

“Mount Edgemere” used to be one of New York’s favorite garbage dumping spots. Over a period of 53 years, the City’s Sanitation Department stockpiled tons of trash and when the dumping stopped in 1991, the city accumulated a 70 feet high hazardous waste site. The former landfill located in front of JFK airport on the … Continue reading

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Ipanema

Besides safety issues, a much needed break from photography and Ipanema/Copacabana being a recurrent topic within photography, I purposely decided not to bring any of my equipment with me. It was a tough decision to make, but a good one in the end. I actually refreshed my mind and came up with new ideas. Also, … Continue reading

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The Berlin Walls

In 2005, Berlin was designated “City of Design” by the Unesco. I looked-up on-line as I was curious to see which criterion and characteristics were taken under consideration by the specialized agency to appoint the distinction. According to them, it is a blend of cultural landscape fueled by design (architecture, urban planning, monuments, public spaces, … Continue reading

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Bottle Beach

Dead Horse Bay aka “Bottle beach” is not precisely a beach where you want to walk barefoot. The beach is filled with thousand of glass bottles, old and new, intact and in-pieces. It is where bottles go to die. According to the NY Times Dead Horse Bay “sits at the western edge of a marshland … Continue reading

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Abandoned Greenpoint Warehouse

Today, I managed to step inside an abandoned warehouse in front of the Greenpoint Terminal Market complex in Brooklyn. Although the building did not had abundant photographic materials to offer inside, the roof-top revealed an amazing view of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg East River waterfront as well as the famous “Save the Palestine” water tower located in … Continue reading

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The Iron Triangle

Willets Point is a chaotic little piece of land on the outskirts of Queens, adjacent to the Citi Field, the New York’s Mets new home. This is where you go if you need to get your car fixed, get shiny rims or change your windscreen. Also known locally as the Iron Triangle, it is the … Continue reading

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