What’s the Hook?

May 30, 2008

Last summer, while strolling through Brooklyn, I saw a colorful little card pinned to a wall. I read it, saw the words “photographers wanted” for a “community project,” and was, well, hooked. Soon I was involved with What’s the Hook, a all-volunteer effort to create a photographic time capsule of Red Hook, one of the most rapidly-changing neighborhoods in New York City

Now the project is ready for public viewing. The first selection of What’s the Hook photos have been hung at the Kentler Gallery (also known as the Kentler International Drawing Space), a non-profit artist-run space that exhibits drawings and other works on paper.

If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by one (or more) of the exhibits and see how over 120 people have answered the question, “What’s the Hook?”

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What’s the Hook?
A Community Photography Project


Kentler International Drawing Space
353 Van Brunt St.
May 24 – May 25
May 29 – June 1
(Noon – 5 pm)

Open Reception – Sat. May 31st, 3-5 pm

Join us at the Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for the first of six summer exhibitions of photos taken of the Red Hook community by the Red Hook community.

What’s the Hook? is a community-based photography project designed to document a single week in the life of Red Hook, Brooklyn, one of New York City’s most unique and rapidly changing neighborhoods. Last summer, What’s the Hook? asked people of all backgrounds to submit images captured during the week of August 12th – 19th 2007. Kids at PS #27 and their neighbors at the Senior Center were given single-use cameras. Other people used their own.

In seven ordinary days more than 120 people produced over 1000 extraordinary photos of what Red Hook means to them. Images of all kinds, from all kinds of people.

From the pupusa vendors at the ball fields to the crew of the Crown Princess at the Container Port. Old-timers and newcomers, professionals and amateurs, dog-walkers and drivers, shopkeepers, chefs, artists, vets — even the UPS guy.

What’s the Hook? was created in part to bring the community together to RECORD, REMEMBER and REDEFINE the changing face of Red Hook.


Kentler International May 24, 25
Drawing Space May 29-June 1
353 Van Brunt St. (noon – 5 pm)


Hope & Anchor June 14th – June 29th
347 Van Brunt St.

Mark Van S. Studio June 16th – June 18th
384 Van Brunt St. (projected slide show after dark)

Fairway Market Café June 16th – July 13th
480 Van Brunt St.

The Sovereign Bank June – July (TBA)
498 Columbia St.

Red Hook Public Library June – July (TBA)
7 Wolcott St.

Brooklyn Waterfront
Artist’s Coalition (BWAC) July 26th – Aug. 17th
Beard St. Warehouse
499 Van Brunt St.

What’s the Hook? is sponsored in part by the Greater New York Development Fund of the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council.


What’s the Hook card

What’s the Hook? project
Photos for What’s the Hook? exhibit series
Gowans Lounge: What’s the Hook

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