Kenneth Nelson

Photographer
    
Harlem Nocturnal
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: American
Biography: Kenneth is a Fine Art Photographer documenting varied aspects of the human condition--how they manifest and are seen in society. A BFA Honors Graduate, with decades of photography background in camera sales, digital asset management, commercial... MORE
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Harlem Nocturnal
Copyright Kenneth Nelson 2024
Updated Oct 2016
Location New York City
Topics Black and White, Community, Documentary, Fine Art, Migration, Minority, Personal, Photography, Street

Harlem Nocturnal

The Village of Harlem has its own unique persona that differs from the rest of NYC. The people are the lifeblood.  The physical neighborhood is the arteries that make it a place to be.  In 2001, as Harlem was in the early stages of what many would deem gentrification, I was conscientious about the disappearance of the daily bus tours after Sunset.  This registered as odd to me. I then began exploring what it meant to me to be in the streets of Harlem at night. Anyplace worth visiting during the day, had to be equally interesting at night.  Like any other place in the world, it's just quieter at night.

As this series is now twenty years old, we're able to see what has changed since.  Victoria 5 Theater, La Marqueta, and the bodegas in the series have physically transformed into what they are today. The area surrounding Harlem Station continues to be in a state of transition. Those vacant lots are going to change that area if/when they are developed.

Ultimately, this is a series showing where things were, and through time--how we've gotten to where we are now.
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