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Brooklyn’s changing waterfront documented in a new MTA exhibit

Curbed contributor Nathan Kensinger showcases his photographs of a changing Brooklyn in a new exhibit

Nathan Kensinger

Curbed readers are no doubt familiar with the work of Nathan Kensinger, who—in addition to helming the brilliant Camera Obscura column on the site—has been documenting the changing landscape of New York City, particularly its waterfront, for years.

And now, some of Kensinger’s photos can be seen outside of your computer screen: He partnered with MTA Arts & Design for "Industrial Twilight," an exhibit of eight photographs he’s taken in the past decade.

Per Kensinger, the images "document the transformation of Brooklyn's historic industrial waterfront, including images of Admiral's Row, the Domino Sugar Refinery, the Gowanus Canal and Bush Terminal." (Eagle-eyed Curbed readers will recognize some of the images from past Camera Obscura columns.)

In many cases, these spaces have been completely revamped in the time that Kensinger first documented them to the present day; just this week, he explored the demolition of Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and one of his older photos of those historic rowhomes is in the MTA’s exhibit.

The exhibit will be on view for the next year in the Atlantic Avenue subway station, in the passageway between the 2/3/4/5 and the Q trains. Check it out before—like the places Kensinger captures—it’s gone forever.