Movers, Not Shakers! pop up Green Gallery presented “Lost and Found in Brooklyn” by Mark D Phillips on October 19 to 20, 2019, during the Gowanus Open Studios weekend.
The exhibit featured Phillips’ photographic collection of images in and around Brooklyn, of scenes that no longer exist, including his haunting image of “Satan in the Smoke.” This is the first time he has publicly exhibited the image.
Brooklyn’s neighborhoods have changed radically in the three decades of Phillips’ photographic career. Gentrification turned abandoned buildings in DUMBO and Red Hook into luxury condominiums and mega stores. The trolleys disappeared from Red Hook, the Gowanus Canal became a Superfund site, and many of the ethnic lifestyles vanished.
In one of Phillips’ first photographs taken after moving to Brooklyn in 1989, the Third Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal next to Movers, Not Shakers still is a gateway to the World Trade Center, seen peeking above a lumber yard with reflections of the open sky on the water’s surface. Today, luxury condos and new developments line the left bank of the canal.