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THE LIGHT MILLENNIUM TV PROUDLY PRESENTS...
BRIDGE OF DREAMS
with BURHAN DOGANCAY
Broadcasting Dates :
Channel #34 (Queens Public Television)
Channel #35 Queens Public Television)
Channel#34 (Queens Public Television)
Channel#35 (Queens Public Television)
The video program BRIDGE OF DREAMS is based on challenging project, for which the Turkish-American artist, Burhan Dogancay, undertook to document photographically the restoration of the Brooklyn Bridge in the mid-80s.
Following the celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge's centennial in 1983, Dogancay began to photograph the ironworkers restoring the bridge in 1986-87. The only people seen in the photographs are the workers, balanced on cables and perched on parapets. To take these photographs, Dogancay had to climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge tower, 276 feet above the East River even on freezing winter days.
57 of these exclusive photographs are featured in a newly released book, Bridge of Dreams: The Rebirth of the Brooklyn Bridge, in which noted New York author Phillip Lopate explores the bridge’s history and its role as an icon for writers and artists.
One of these images is currently represented large-scale in the Museum of New York’s 20th Century exhibition, "NYCentury: World Capital, Home Town, 1900-2000", which is on view until July 9, 2000.
At the same time another 19 of Dogancay's large-scale Brooklyn Bridge photographs are on display at Terminal 4 of JFK International Airport.
Dogancay became fascinated by the city’s skyscrapers and the ironworkers who risk their lives building towering structures while he was working on another unique project photographing walls in over 100 different countries. The completed project consists of a collection of 20,000 photographs, many of which have been displayed in various museums around the world.
This video program was produced, directed and edited by Bircan Unver, and completed in February 2000. It contains scenes from the official launch of the book Bridge of Dreams at the Brooklyn Public Library, and subsequent book signing even at the Brooklyn Historical Society and the exhibition opening at Radio House Gallery, Chelsea. Studio director: John J. Culkin; Host: Denise Clarke; Participants: Burhan Dogancay, Phillip Lopate (author) and Angela Dogancay; Language: English; Duration: 28:20 min.
About the artist: Burhan Dogancay was born in Istanbul in 1929. He has been living in New York since 1962. For his massive and unparalleled photographic documentary of the walls of the world he has traveled extensively to over 100 countries to date.
@The Light Millennium magazine was created and designed
by Bircan ÜNVER. March-April 2000, New York.