The collection also includes photographs, most of which were taken by project photographer, Tony Velezin the late 1980s. They document Brooklyn’s Latino/a communities in countless ways, capturing religious festivals, parades, community gatherings, and individual and group portraits.
Tony Velez was born to Puerto Rican immigrants in the South Bronx and grew up there and in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. After serving in the Vietnam War, he studied photography at Brooklyn College under the guidance of legendary photographer Walter Rosenblum. Velez’s work is widely recognized through exhibitions, grants, and commissioned work throughout New York City. This photographs in this collection are not digitized, but we hope you will take the time to visit the Othmer Library to view these evocative photographs.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org