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Neighborhood gentrification is here: 5 photographers saving the block

As gentrification runs rampant through urban areas, more and more native residents are displaced. The gentrified neighborhood runs through obvious changes.

Be shook… neighborhood gentrifcation is nothing new

Gentrification comes with an architectural and demographic aesthetic, that is different from its original native residents. These 5 photographers document neighborhoods going through gentrification. 

1. Kristy Chatelain | Brooklyn Changing

Chatelain has been documenting Brooklyn’s gentrifying landscape since late 2006. In her long-term photography project, Brooklyn Changing, she uses rephotography to capture the parts of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhood before and after gentrification.

This project depicts pictures of some locations being demolished with new buildings erected in place, others show street art walls being replaced with new businesses. 

Check out the full project here.

2. Al J Thompson | Remnants of an Exodus

Remnants of an Exodus is Thompson’s first photography book dedicated to his second home of Spring Valley, NY. Thompson photographs his neighborhood undergoing dramatic changes.

This book is Thompson’s invitation to viewers to revisit the town he grew up in, the buildings that provided him shade and see the people in the community that brings a face to who gentrification impacts. 

Check out Remnants of an Exodus here

3. James and Karla Murray | StoreFront – The Disappearing Face of New York

James and Karla Murray offer a visual tour of storefronts disappearing due to gentrification in StoreFront – The Disappearing Face of New York.

These photos represent New Yorks, early small businesses and give viewers a nostalgic representation of the familiarity that these storefronts had. Many of these storefronts embodied the early immigrant population of New York. 

Check out Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York here

4. Matthew T Rader | Old East Dallas Gentrification Photography Documentary 

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Rader’s long-term photography documentary explores the gentrification in Old East Dallas through an analog lens.

In this 15 part and continuing project, Rader captures characters that would disappear and buildings that would be destroyed. This documentary depicts the negative emotions of the nature of gentrification has. 

Check out the Old East Dallas Gentrification documentary here

5. Yael Malka | The Views

Malka observes how gentrification consumes neighborhoods in The Views. The visualization of gentrification through the viewing panels at construction sites shows how gentrification first begins with the violent deconstruction of buildings. 

Malka reminds viewers how we walk by these sites and see the changes every day. 

Check out The Views here 

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