About this project
We've reached our goal of $30,000! Can we raise an extra $7,500 in the next 7 days?
We want to thank everyone who has joined our efforts in making documentary photo and film available to everyone. Now we have an additional challenge: $7500 in the next 7 days.
The BDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we thrive on gifts from donors like you. It's not too late to make a tax-deductible gift which will bring in-depth discussion and thought-provoking film and photography to wider audiences.
Who We Are
Located in the heart of the South Bronx, the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is an accessible, community-oriented gallery for documentary film, photography and photojournalism. In an age where newspapers are cutting staff and magazines are closing, the BDC provides a much needed public space in which to interact with journalism and photography–live and in person.
Founded in 2011 in a formerly abandoned building, the BDC is a unique and exciting crossroads where local students, artists, activists and neighbors mix with leading photographers, journalists and filmmakers. As one neighbor told us, "We bring the world to the Bronx and the Bronx to the world."
Join us in creating quality programs for all ages.
The next year of programs includes:
- Thought-provoking exhibitions including Stephanie Sinclair’s Too Young to Wed; Benedict J. Fernandez’s historic work on the American civil rights movement; work by emerging Mexican photographers; and Carlos Javier Ortiz's project on gun violence, We All We Got;
- 30 film screenings and post-film panel discussions;
- A repeat of our summer outdoor movie screening in local housing projects;
- The continuation of our pilot after-school photography program with Bronx youth.
What We Believe In
We believe in the documentary tradition and in the power of photography and film to help build community, expose injustices and create positive social change.
Your gift can change a life and change a community.
The BDC has become a much needed and much loved meeting place for local and international photographers, writers, and filmmakers seeking to learn, grow, and share their ideas. In the words of a Bronx participant in our free Friday night photo class: “Since coming to the BDC my life has changed for the better–and I am so grateful that it has.”
- A private evening with legendary photographer Joe Conzo and the pioneers of hip-hop. We'll invite Kickstarter VIPs for a reception with the speakers before the event
- A tote bag designed exclusively for BDC by the legendary graffiti team Tat's Cru
- An 11x17 print of the South Bronx by co-founder Michael Kamber
- A postcard by one of our after-school students
What We've Done
Our past exhibitions have included:
- Visions: Tim Hetherington
- Bronx Gardens by Nina Berman
- Seis del Sur: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers by Joe Conzo, Jr., Ricky Flores, Angel Franco, David Gonzalez, Edwin Pagán Francisco Molina Reyes II
- Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq by Gary Knight, Lt. Tim McLaughlin and Peter Maass
- Refugee Hotel by Gabriele Stabile
- Too Young to Wed by Stephanie Sinclair (currently on view)
- screened more than 80 documentary films followed by post-film discussions on environmental awareness, healthcare, housing and gentrification and violence prevention
- led guided exhibition tours for dozens of school groups
- organized professional development workshops with the top names in documentary film, photography and journalism
- run a free weekly photo class for emerging photographers
- offered free holiday portraits for community members
- hosted The Bronx Filmmakers Collective and the RISC medical training workshop for journalists
Check Out Some of Our Press
- The New York Times
- New York Magazine
- Agence France Press
- Time Out New York
- The Wall Street Journal
- Time Magazine's Lightbox
- CBS News
- NY 1
- The New York Daily News
- and more
Make your gift today!
Bronx Documentary Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Join us!
video editor: Giacomo Francia
music: Thieving Irons
photographs: Mike Kamber and volunteers of the Bronx Documentary Center
Risks and challenges
The Bronx Documentary Center has an established track record of creating world-class exhibitions and public programs. With your support we will be able to offer even more shows and programs than we have ever been able to offer in a 12-month period.
We will have our hands full with the additional exhibition design, printing, framing, painting of walls, as well as with marketing and outreach, and organizing curricula and exhibition tours for surrounding Bronx school groups. We are committed to facing these challenges and are certain that we have the energy and passion required to see this project through.
The entire BDC family would like to thank you for your consideration and support. Please share our story and help us make documentary film and photography available for all.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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