Photography Collection

Photographs at BHS document the built environment of Brooklyn and Long Island from the 1870s to the present and contains an indexed portrait collection; family portraits and candid photographs; and documents notable events and activities.

Amateur photographers feature prominently in the photography collections. Their depictions of people and places in the borough create one of the collections’ main strengths. These works include the artistic interpretations of Flatbush by Lucille Fornasieri-Gold; the gritty observations of Coney Island by Anders Goldfarb; the building of the Brooklyn Bridge from the East River by John Jay Pierrepont; Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvahs by Harry Kalmus; the Blackout of 1977 in Bushwick; the construction of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank; and the unique and sundry Faces of Brooklyn by Nora Herting.