Bronxites | Photography by Chantal Heijnen

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Bronxites: Mapping a community in the South Bronx through one person’s life

In this ongoing portrait series, I present an insider’s view of everyday life in my adopted neighborhood: University Heights – an area in the Bronx just south of Fordham Road.
This project started when I, a photographer from The Netherlands, formed an unlikely friendship with Gilbert, a special education teacher and a true gentleman, who has lived in the South Bronx since 1968. Over the course of the last six years, Gilbert gave me the opportunity to share a space in his apartment, and pursue my long-held ambition to photograph individuals from rarely seen communities. He became an integral part of this project. – Chantal Heijnen

Click here to read more about this series and see additional photographs in the New York Times Lens Blog article One Destination in Common: The Bronx By David Gonzalez.