Flatbush + Main Episode 12: Women Photographers, Framing Brooklyn

In Episode 12 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia examine the work of a group of remarkable female photographers who have taken Brooklyn as their subject.

Index

02:46 – Histories and Ideas: Interview with Nora Herting
20:20 – Into the Archives: Lucille Fornasieri Gold photographs collection
31:00 – Voices of Brooklyn: Lucille Fornasieri Gold, Marianne Engberg, and Delphine Fawundu-Buford

Zaheer and Julie speak with artist Nora Herting about “The Face of Brooklyn,” a project on which she partnered with BHS. They sit down with Julie May, Managing Director of BHS’s Library & Archives, to learn more about the life and work of street photographer Lucille Fornasieri Gold. In “Voices of Brooklyn,” they listen to three Brooklyn photographers describe how they they came to their craft.

Have a favorite female photographer whom you want to celebrate? Share the love using the hashtag #flatbushandmain.

For complete show notes, go to www.brooklynhistory.org/flatbush-main. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review Flatbush + Main on iTunes at brooklynhistory.org/fm-itunes.

Segment 1: Histories and Ideas

Nora Herting is an artist and photographer who lives in Brooklyn. Read more about Nora and about “The Face of Brooklyn,” her collaboration with BHS.

Nora shared her rich knowledge about the history of portrait photography – and she has some great recommendations on innovative and thoughtful artists exploring issues of gender and self. Check them out:

Linda Fregni Nagal’s book The Hidden Mother – this BBC article has great examples of the historical images she found in which mothers hide in order to pose their children.

John Coplans self-portraits capturing the aging male body

Timothy Greenfield Sanders, who produced The Trans List

Rineke Dijkstra’s portraits of adolescents

Jill Greenberg’s portraiture, especially of animals and children

Segment 2: Into the Archives

We spoke with Julie May about the Lucille Fornasieri Gold collection at BHS. Take a look at the collection finding aid, and peruse her photographs in our online image gallery.

Gold’s images are a favorite among our staff, and she has made many appearances in our Photo of the Week posts. In 2014, a BHS exhibition called “She Said, She Said,” featured her work with the artwork of Nell Painter, who took inspiration from Gold’s oeuvre. Read Julie May’s coverage of the exhibition here.

Here are some of the images we discussed in the interview:

Gold passed away in 2016. She was a trailblazing artist and a true friend to BHS and many of its staff. We miss her dearly.

Segment 3: Voices of Brooklyn

Lucille Fornasieri Gold was born in Brooklyn in 1930, and began taking photographs of street scenes in Brooklyn in 1968. She continued to photograph until her passing in 2016, and her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, as well as at Powerhouse and at the Chelsea Market. Her interview is part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Voices of Brooklyn” oral history collection, and was conducted on May 6, 2008.

Marianne Engberg was born in 1937 in Denmark, where she apprenticed as a portrait photographer in the 1950s, before moving to Brooklyn in the ’60s. She is known for her trade mark pinhole photography and other experimental uses of light. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, and the Fogg Museum in Boston. For more about Engberg, visit her website. Her interview is part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Voices of Brooklyn” oral history collection, and was conducted on December 10, 2009.

Delphine Fawundu-Buford was born in Brooklyn in 1971, and began taking photographs professionally in the early 1990s. In 2010, she produced a documentary short, “Tivoli: A Place We Call Home,” and exhibited related photographs at Brooklyn Historical Society. Her interview is part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Listen to This: Crown Heights Oral History collection,” and can be accessed onsite at BHS’s Othmer Library.

The interviews are being made available thanks to a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Segment 4: Endorsements

Julie endorsed “Superfund Brooklyn,” an event at BHS on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Jarrett Murphy, Executive Publisher of City Limits, speaks to a panel of experts about Brooklyn’s three superfund sites, Newtown Creek, Gowanus Canal, and Wolff-Alport. They’ll dig into the history of these places, cleanup efforts, and what this means for the borough. Doors open at 6; the event is at 6:30. Tickets are $5 (free for BHS members). Register for the event here.

Zaheer endorsed “Community Listening Event: Police and Public Safety in Crown Heights,” a listening session organized by Brooklyn Movement Center in collaboration with Brooklyn Historical Society and Weeksville Heritage Center for the “Voices of Crown Heights” project. The listening session will take place Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Repair the World, 808 Nostrand Avenue (between Lincoln Place and St. Johns Place). It is free to the public, but RSVP is requested here.

Julie Golia

About Julie Golia

Julie Golia is the Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host of BHS's podcast, Flatbush + Main.
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