475 Kent Avenue

Kent Avenue Interview Series: David Alan Harvey

Kent Avenue Interview Series: David Alan Harvey

David Alan Harvey is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer and publisher of Burn Magazine. After a youthful internship with National Geographic, he received a graduate degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and began his professional career at the Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas. Yet it was in Virginia, where he was raised, that Harvey would shoot two important early-career series: one a personal project that challenged the segregation lines of his Southern youth, the other a professional introduction to a long and productive career with National Geographic.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Kirk Edwards

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Kirk Edwards

Kirk Edwards is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose schedule often takes him far afield for international fashion and commercial work. Raised in Iowa, he earned a business degree there, before changing course to a successful photography career in New York City. He gained experience as an assistant to photographers such as Jorg Badura, Steven Klein, and Mark Seliger, before forging his own solo career. For the past decade, he has lived and worked out of the apartments at 475 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg—part of a younger generation in the building's renowned photographic community that Nomadic Press has chronicled in this series. Among the topics Edwards discussed was his recent work with musician Mr. Hudson, photographing the Sundance Film Festival, magazine shoots with athletes, and a personal project inspired by his wife's talent for hula dancing.  

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Ksenya Samarskaya

Talking Paper Interview Series: Ksenya Samarskaya

Ksenya Samarskaya is a Brooklyn-based typographic designer who has headed up branding and typeface outfit Samarskaya & Partners (S&P) for the past four years. Among other clients, the company has worked with brick-and-mortar businesses on finding just the right style of typeface for lettering that appears on signs, windows, menus, business cards, and other written material seen by potential customers.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: René Sascha Johannsen

Kent Avenue Interview Series: René Sascha Johannsen

René Sascha Johannsen is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and photographer. A youthful love of skateboarding and playing drums in bands in his native Denmark helped inspire his current pursuits of moving portraits of both gritty street skaters and emerging music stars. Later, post-school leisure trips to Australia and Austria led to his first professional destination-shot documentary—following young snowboarders tackling the slopes of Whistler in western Canada. That was followed by documentary work in locales such as Haiti, Tunisia, Russia, The Gaza Strip and North Korea, where he served as cameraman and editor for Mads Brügger’s 2009 film, The Red Chapel.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Christo Holloway

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Christo Holloway

Christo Holloway is a designer, model maker, and photographer who has forged a long career crafting three-dimensional objects for all manner of clients through his Brooklyn-based company, Clockwork Apple. With top-notch work on photographed print advertising campaigns, television network “bumpers,” complicated cinematic shots, and commissioned projects of all shapes and sizes, Holloway has risen to the top of a rarified industry that specializes in creating tactile things. It’s also an expensive one, and the financial demands of keeping Holloway’s shop going have finally become too much. So with the approach of Clockwork Apple’s closure (and the owner joining forces with his biggest rival), I visited its amazingly versatile space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with photographer Randall Bellows III for a tour of the machinery, finished products, and a library full of reference books and issues of Popular MechanicsLife magazine and National Geographic.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Robert Clark

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Robert Clark

Robert Clark is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer, who has lived and worked in and around the South Williamsburg lofts at 475 Kent Avenue for the past 20 years. Many world-class photographers have called the building home during its recent history. So for the first installment of our interview series with some of them, Nomadic Press spoke with Clark at his current studio in the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yards about his photographic work with National Geographic, as well as in newspapers and books.

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