Why We Need The Bronx Documentary Center

A student on a scavenger hunt at Gabriele Stabile's "Refugee Hotel" exhibition / Bronx Documentary Center

The Bronx Documentary Center, in the short time that it’s been in existence, has become one of the most important cultural institutions of  not just the South Bronx but the entire borough.

In just over two years, the BDC has had 5 major exhibitions not only bringing the world to the Bronx but the Bronx to the world. There have been over 80 screenings followed by in depth panel discussions providing an unparalleled educational experience.

Now the Bronx Documentary Center needs you as they launch their Kickstarter campaign to fund a year’s worth of programming.

The BDC has become a second home to many of us, a place where we meet other like-minded, creative individuals not only in documentary journalism and photography and other disciplines, but Bronxites and people who want to make the world a better place.

The Bronx Documentary Center provides access to one of the most underserved communities in the city and has significantly provided opportunities to people of color in the industry who otherwise would not have them.

Check out their Kickstarter video:

After you’re done with the video, head over to the Kickstarter page and check out the wonderful perks you can get for your contribution in keeping this amazing space running.

Just even donating a $1 will help. If you cannot donate, the next best thing you can do is share the links with your networks!

About the Bronx Documentary Center

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.