Last Days of Summer at Coney Island

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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

100 Days of Summer

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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

The Soul of Summer

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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

Hasidic Brooklyn

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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

Le Ciel de New York

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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

Wings (with me)

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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

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

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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

The Grain Terminal

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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

Lavender Lake

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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

Bushwick Industrial Train Tracks

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Here are a couple of shots of the old industrial train tracks that zig zag through east Williamsburg, Bushwick and Maspeth in Brooklyn. I teamed-up with Billy on a cold and sunny Saturday morning to visit what used to be a thriving freight and commercial passage. Images by Charles le Brigand
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Deep Down In ‘The Hole’

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The “Hole” is a bizarre place. It is the kind of spot that Joe Pesci would choose to stab a fella with a butcher knife. I am not familiar with southern USA, but this is how I would picture rural Alabama. Flooded fields, reeds, empty lots, abandoned houses, old cars and broken-down trucks. Few blocks … Continue reading

The Head-Hunters

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Head Hunter is an institution here in Brooklyn. It is one of the oldest and most respected barbershop in Bed-Stuy. I heard about it because it is a well known fact in the neighborhood that Notorious B.I.G. used to hang out there. Few weeks ago, Jason “Classic Beatz” Minnis mentionned to me that the shop … Continue reading

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