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Join us in creating one year of exhibitions, film screenings and more at the Bronx Documentary Center.
Join us in creating one year of exhibitions, film screenings and more at the Bronx Documentary Center.
416 backers pledged $34,977 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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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."

World-renowned photojournalist Gary Knight and our neighbor Tracy take a walkthrough of "Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq"
World-renowned photojournalist Gary Knight and our neighbor Tracy take a walkthrough of "Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq"

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.
War photographer Joao Silva speaks at the BDC after his wounding in Afghanistan
War photographer Joao Silva speaks at the BDC after his wounding in Afghanistan
Neighbors pose for a free Valentine's Day portrait
Neighbors pose for a free Valentine's Day portrait

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. 

A visit to "Too Young to Wed" by Pulitzer-prize winner Stephanie Sinclair
A visit to "Too Young to Wed" by Pulitzer-prize winner Stephanie Sinclair
A student on a scavenger hunt at Gabriele Stabile's "Refugee Hotel" exhibition
A student on a scavenger hunt at Gabriele Stabile's "Refugee Hotel" exhibition

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.”

Gifts include:

  • 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
A gift of $250: A print of Fashion Moda, 2803 3rd Avenue near 147th St. South Bronx, 1989, by Michael Kamber
A gift of $250: A print of Fashion Moda, 2803 3rd Avenue near 147th St. South Bronx, 1989, by Michael Kamber
A gift of $10: A photograph by Derrick, age 12
A gift of $10: A photograph by Derrick, age 12

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)

We've also:

An exclusive post-film discussion for area high schoolers with the subjects of the critically-acclaimed documentary, "The Central Park Five".
An exclusive post-film discussion for area high schoolers with the subjects of the critically-acclaimed documentary, "The Central Park Five".
A dance party after the film "Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon"
A dance party after the film "Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon"
Community Garden Party for Nina Berman's "Bronx Gardens"
Community Garden Party for Nina Berman's "Bronx Gardens"

 Check Out Some of Our Press

Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and BDC volunteer Ed Garcia Conde at the opening reception of "Seis del Sur: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers"
Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and BDC volunteer Ed Garcia Conde at the opening reception of "Seis del Sur: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers"

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!

Street view of "Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq"
Street view of "Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq"

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.

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    SPECIAL GIFT! Own a Classic Photobook: Signed, Out-of-print copy of "Subway Art" (2009) by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper. PLUS a signed 8x10" color print by Henry Chalfant, who pioneered coverage of hip hop in the 1970s and 80s.

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    SPECIAL GIFT! Own a Classic Photobook: First edition copy of "Living with the Enemy" (1991) by Donna Ferrato, whose landmark work here in domestic abuse opened the eyes of millions. Designed by Philip Jones Griffiths, courtesy of the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation

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    SPECIAL GIFT! Own a Classic Photobook: Signed, first edition copy of "Exploding into Life" (1986) by Eugene Richards, one of the founders of the modern documentary tradition. PLUS a 9x13" print signed by the artist.

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