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John Bartelstone is a New York based architectural photographer. He originally trained as a recording engineer at Syracuse University. After working in the recording industry for a few years, he enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at Columbia University and upon graduation, began a ten-year architecture career. That time was spent in the Engineering Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where a love for infrastructure was further kindled. Then, in 1996 he started a new career as a freelance architectural photographer.

Thomas Flagg works as a researcher and instructor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry. Since 1966 he has been researching the Port of New York and its railroads, leading to professional documentation of industrial sites in connection with cultural resource surveys. He is a founding member of the Rail Maritime Information Group. He is also a member and past president of the Society of Industrial Archeology, and the author of two books about the rail history of New York Harbor.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875117
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Manhattan in 1956 and have always had had a strong attachment to New York City's past. That must be because of all the stories my grandfather told me about life on the lower east side at the turn of the century. I still tend to see the city through his eyes.
After getting a B.S. in radio and television production at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, I began to work in recording studios in New York. In that industry I went from being a bicycle messenger at a very good recording studio to being the chief engineer of a very bad one. Time for career two. I went back to school and got a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University,which led me to becoming an architect at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. There I worked on infrastructure projects and felt that I had finally found a permanent calling. Well it did last for ten years.
It was at the Port Authority that I began to take photography seriously, having dabbled in it in high school. While still an architect there, I began photographing industrial subjects in New York. That led me to the Navy Yard and a fifteen year exploration. In 1995 I left Architecture to take up photography as my final career. I think.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coz on August 13, 2010
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I wanted a book about the Brooklyn Navy yard because from 1970 to 1971, my destroyer was berthed there. The yard was closed. We were the only floating Navy in NYC. We'd roam the yard, gaining access to buildings we really shouldn't have been in. We'd search the rooms under the building ways where Missouri, Iowa, and many other historic ships were constructed. We'd go to garden parties at the Admiral's Quarters. We'd drink at John's BOQ Bar. I had hoped to see a lot more of the history of the yard in this book. Other reviews made me think I would. I was disappointed. The pictures are beautiful, but all were taken after we left. There is nothing that really ties the bulk of the photos to the history of the yard. If you want pretty pictures, buy this book. If you want history, look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Menon on December 21, 2009
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Aesthetically magnificent and intellectually probing, Bartelstone's book proves revelatory in every sense. Luminous forms tell of what we have lost in allowing the mixed-economy on which New York City ' and our nation ' was built to become dwarfed by the corporate financial gaming that led to the every-widening gap between rich and poor as well as the latest crash.
Buy this book if you care about the past; buy this book if you care about the future; buy it if you love Brooklyn or care about New York City. Buy this book if you are passionate about book arts, because it has been designed sparing nothing. The quality and size of the prints, the paper, the binding and cover are breathtaking and as book-art it is, quite simply, beautiful.
I can't think of anyone who shouldn't have this book from politicians to children -- because there are always some kids who are mesmerized by machinery, and the sense of scale created by some of Bartelstone's images will captivate the imaginations of many.
But since Bartelstone proves himself a canny writer in his preface,why has he been so stingy with the text? I am left hungry for more information.
Its one of those books that's a funny shape and you think, oh no, where is this going to fit? For a long time it was out on my table. Now I find myself taking it off my shelf to look at and show friends again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Meadows on January 1, 2010
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From its cover to its last page, John Bartelstone's book, The Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a compendium of rich and intriguing images of a little known aspect of New York City. Mr. Bartelstone's work honors his subject, yet transcends it. These photographs are truly beautiful. The book functions as a window into a fascinating world. It is a work of art. I treasure this book.
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By Martin Vehstedt on March 14, 2012
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The photography in this HEAVY book is excellent.Sadly,the author is too young to be able to post some of the older history and/or photos.he fails to mention anything about the private industry that prevails there now.Sadly,too is the plans to destroy most of the old US Navy houses he photographed extensivly,out front.
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