THE BRONX – As a longtime foreign news photographer and documentary filmmaker, Mike Kamber has been to all parts of the world, from Iraq to Somalia, but he said the one place that has fascinated him the most is the Bronx.
Kamber, 54, has lived on and off in the borough since 1986 and he said he’s always been taken in by the borough’s history, diversity and, most importantly, its residents.
“It takes 10 minutes to walk to the corner because you have to say hello to everyone. People ask about your family,” said Kamber, a Maine native and former New York Times photographer.
What the borough did lack, according to Kamber, was an adequate space for up-and-coming photographers to hone their skills and show off their work, so in 2011 he decided to create one.
When the Bronx Documentary Center opened at 614 Courtlandt Ave., Kamber said it was just one desk in an abandoned building and a group of volunteers. Since then it has set up a gallery space, a dark room and editing machines, and it serves more than 100 students from the borough.