Personal Ties

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn


Street portraits made by Amy Touchette in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, with a Rolleiflex film camera.


ISBN: 9789053309445 Category:

Amy Touchette


“Photographing strangers on the street is like having an epic novel read aloud to you, only it’s real. You’re connected. You’re involved. And you carry every piece of it with you from then on.”—Amy Touchette

A resident of New York City since 1997, Amy Touchette started photographing people in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, soon after moving to the neighborhood in 2015. Perhaps best known for being the childhood home of rapper Jay-Z and the setting of Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing, what struck Touchette most about Bed-Stuy was its strong sense of community and the relationships that underpin it. Using a Rolleiflex film camera, friends, family members, and couples often caught her eye.

Knowing she was a stranger appealing for their time, Touchette tried to make the encounters as quick and easy as possible, making just two frames of each subject. Whether photographing in Hawaii, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, the American South, or in her own adopted neighborhood in Bed-Stuy, Touchette has always used photography to shine the light on others, a strong believer that eye contact is the gateway to empathy and the realization that we are all in this together. Although all of her projects stem from a personal endearment, these photographs, set in the streets she calls home, are especially personal.

Additional information

Weight 572 g
Dimensions 20.7 x 26.6 cm
Publisher name Schilt Publishing
Publication date 17 March 2022
Number of pages 104
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Larry Fink
Dimensions 20.7 x 26.6 cm
Weight 572 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Personal Ties”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Amy Touchette is a photographer based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, who specializes in street portraits. Her photographs are exhibited and published internationally, most recently at the National Portrait Gallery and in Women Street Photographers (Prestel, 2021). Her first monograph, Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*, was published by Un-Gyve Press in 2013. She's represented by ClampArt in NYC and Little Big Galerie in Paris, France.