At Home in Brooklyn

Dinanda Nooney was a photographer from Manhattan who documented the lives of families living in Brooklyn from 1978-79. she donated the entire collection to the NYPL Digital Gallery in 1995, and i found myself looking through every single photo with my morning coffee yesterday. it amazes me that so many of these homes could in fact be the interiors of modern day Brooklyn apartments – the furniture, the plants, the bike racks (!), studios of artists & architects and designers…

Nooney initially became interested in the borough in 1976, while working as a volunteer for George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Two years later, she used the connections she had made in order to gain access to rooftops and other vantage points for a survey of the borough. She soon became more interested in the people she met and began photographing families in their homes. Many of these sitters then recommended other potentially willing subjects. The portraits that emerge are striking in their attention to the details of architecture and décor, which reveal just as much about the subjects as how they choose to pose themselves for Nooney’s camera.

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979
At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Barbara Rothenberg. 135 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Jerry & Linda Schick. 188 Washington Ave., Fort Greene

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Geoffrey & Tobi Needler. 51 Montgomery Pl., Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Ernie & Lucy Bitzer. 300 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979
At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Spencer & Rosalyn Depas. 227 Cumberland St., Fort Greene

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Bill & Sasha Saari. 104 Prospect Pl. Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Nat Lamar. 60 Tompkins Pl., Cobble Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Russell McCombs. 315 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Suzanne & Mike Zufolo & daughters. 480 13th St., Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Fran Orans. 4715 Surf Ave., Coney Island

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Tim & Carol Sullivan. 284 Clinton Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Joseph & Mary Merz, architects. Daughter Julie & cat. 48 Willow Place, Boerum Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Bill & Lucy Sikes. 231 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Allen Wiener & sons. 331 President St., Carroll Gardens

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12 Responses to At Home in Brooklyn

  1. Mademoiselle Bagatelles Monday 13 January, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    That’s really incredible how modern some of these interiors are! I’m particularly impressed with the white bedroom with the painting all over the walls/ceiling.

  2. Franka Monday 13 January, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Such great interiors!

    Thanx!
    ♥ Franka

  3. Kate Monday 13 January, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    so inspiring. thank you.

  4. girl in oslo Monday 13 January, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Great inspiration :)

  5. Jessica Monday 13 January, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    What a fantastic collection of images! What really comes through is the humble grandeur of the interiors. Thank you for sharing. x

  6. Malina Arp Monday 13 January, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Love these pics. My favorites are all the amazing carpets they used to have, makes me wanna get my own! Buy the way just found your blog and am in love with it! Am looking forward to follow you. Love / Mia

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  7. Andi Monday 13 January, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Love these photos!

  8. Fabiola Mejia Monday 13 January, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    What a great find, thanks for sharing!

  9. bklynmermaid Thursday 16 January, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    I write this to you from one of the rooms in these photos….the white bedroom with paintings has sadly been painted over a pale blue, the beds removed….today it is a zen room, now decorated in a pastel version of the “I Dream of Jeannie” bottle, so in some ways the 70′s live on here in Seagate

  10. ally Friday 24 January, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    You’re right! So many of these homes could be from present day. Does that mean we’re appreciating timeless design?

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