William Castellana: Brooklyn & Botanicals

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William Castellana is a Brooklyn-based Italian American photographer whose images are in the collections of over thirty-five museums and universities throughout the United States. Though he has spent most of his twenty-year career doing fine art still-life photography, Castellana recently turned his lens on the neighborhood surrounding his South Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment.

The images in his South Williamsburg series form a social document of a people and a place; namely, a sect of Hasidic Jews known as the Satmars, which was founded by Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum in 1905 in Satu Mare, Romania. After World War II, Teitelbaum settled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to lay the groundwork for a religious ideology that would launch one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world.

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Fonte: L'italo-Americano

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