Personal Ties – Bed-Stuy Brooklyn by Amy Touchette
“Of all the neighborhoods I’ve lived in since I moved to New York City in 1997, none have affected me like Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. I felt it immediately. Before the moving truck even left the curb I’d made a portrait. That year, in 2015, I started making street portraits of people in Bed-Stuy with my Rolleiflex film camera. At that time, I had no idea how extensive the series would become, or that I would have the opportunity to share it with people in the form of this beautiful book. Although all of my photography projects derive from a personal endearment, these photographs, set in the streets I call home, feel even more so,” – Amy Touchette.
“Amy Touchette’s loving portraits remind us that Brooklyn is still a multi-generational neo-African village in places, and optically Thriving While Black with transparent soul power.” – Greg Tate, Writer and musician.
“Amy Touchette has the rarest of gifts, she adores people and photography as much as life itself.” – Amy Arbus, Photographer.