Located at the bottom of a commercial building at 1717 Broadway on the Bushwick-Bedstuy border, next to the Chauncey J/Z stop, is Photodom. All rolled into one, it’s a processing lab, creative studio space, and retail store filled with film-focused cameras, accessories, and apparel. Bathed in a neon glow, the well-stocked shelves display an assortment of film types. 35mm and medium-format cameras shimmer in display cases and clothes hang on shelves. ‘SHOOT FILM, NOT PEOPLE’ is written on the tote bags while the hoodies read: ‘Introverted, but ready to discuss photography’.
“I want to focus on the art and the people who are creating projects, the people who are doing cool things in the community and the people who have shows coming up,” said Dominick Lewis, 28 and a native of Brooklyn, at the Bushwick Daily. It is an artist, photographerand owner of Photodom.
“We build a community more around the fine art photography itself than the material used,” he says.
Photodom regularly organizes events, such as their recent Black Women Photographers Meetupas well as photowalks, workshops, classes in their studio space and book releases: on Saturday, the store welcome the exit from a book by the photograph that Nat Meier is called About Valencia, which features images of the “streets, hills and alleys of San Francisco”. Recent courses there have included a large format photography workshop led by a photographer named Nick Collingwood and a lighting workshop with models taught by a photographer Anthony Tripoliwhile a cyanotype workshop is currently planned by two other photographers: Luis Santana and Laura Ciriaco.
“We give artists the chance to teach and give back to the community in their own way,” says PV., which handles e-commerce for Photodom, in addition to its own photography business. “We want to be a place where people feel comfortable. With a lot of camera shops, you can’t really go there and ask questions because people look bored.
At Photodom, PV assured Bushwick Daily, “we’re more inclusive, and we’re not too busy talking to people or teaching them how to load a camera.”
“After extensive research, I have discovered that there are currently no black-owned camera stores in Brooklyn and few (if any) in the United States,” Lewis wrote at the time. potential funders.
“It’s important that imagers have a connection to where they buy their gear; a black-owned space will allow BIPOC and other disenfranchised groups to explore an area that has been predominantly dominated by white men. It is abundantly clear that we must empower black image makers and the remaining black neighborhoods of Brooklyn with the ability to control our own stories, instill knowledge and educate the next generation of storytellers, historians and artists.
These days, the store does steady business both in-person and online and handles orders from as far away as Australia and Saudi Arabia. When the six people at Photodom aren’t developing and digitizing films or hosting events, they’re writing for the Photodom Blogedited by Editor-in-Chief Rodra Burruss.
“It’s really cool to continue to expand and grow Photodom in ways I couldn’t even imagine,” Lewis added. “If you can build a community around something, that’s the easiest way to never fail.”
Photodom is located at 1717 Broadway, #310 and @photodom.nyc on Instagram.
All photos were taken by Duncan Ballantine for Bushwick Daily.
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