Summer, 2011: Young love. Angel and his girlfriend have been together a few months. I approached them as they were having a playful discussion about texting and not answering the phone.

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Photographer Preserves 'Dying Breed' in Brooklyn Community

For 15 years, photographer Russell Frederick captured the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn as the community, and its people, transformed around him.

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Spring, 2011: Easter Sunday! The tradition of elaborate hats is taken to new levels on Easter Sunday and Mother's day in Bedford Stuyvesant. The women are originally from the South and are members of First A.M.E. Zion Church. These ladies were waiting for Access a Ride to take them home.

For 15 years, photographer Russell Frederick captured the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, as the community, and its people, transformed around him. From new street lights and train renovations to displaced street vendors and rumors of rent increases, Frederick worked to preserve an image of the neighborhood he once knew nearly two decades ago.

ABOVE: Spring, 2011: Women are known for wearing elaborate hats on Easter Sunday and Mother's day in Bedford-Stuyvesant. These women are originally from the South and are members of First A.M.E. Zion Church. They were waiting for Access a Ride to take them home.

An exodus is underway and many people are being forced to the outskirts of the city and down south. A part of New York’s identity is vanishing. My photographs are a record of the "Dying Breed."

Russell K. Frederick
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Summer, 2011: Young love. Angel and his girlfriend have been together a few months. I approached them as they were having a playful discussion about texting and not answering the phone.

Summer, 2011: Angel and his girlfriend have been together a few months. I approached them as they were having a playful discussion about texting and not answering the phone.

With change coming to the community and the stigma of the neighborhood being a slum, I decided to make photographs that would honor the people I saw everyday.

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Spring, 2012: Dr. Robert Gore, an emergency room physician at Kings County Hospital, wears a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin. The mural behind him is dedicated to Yusef Hawkins on Verona Place. Mr. Gore is also the executive director and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative intervention program in Brooklyn. <http://kavibrooklyn.org/>

Spring, 2012: Dr. Robert Gore, an emergency room physician at Kings County Hospital, wears a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin. The mural behind him is dedicated to Yusef Hawkins on Verona Place. Dr. Gore is also the executive director and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative intervention program in Brooklyn.

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Fall, 2008: Shaun Robinson, a communications engineer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. He is on his new iPhone in front of the Victorian bed & breakfast. The Victorian is currently on the market for 6 million.

Fall, 2008: Shaun Robinson, a communications engineer originally from Trinidad and Tobago, on his new iPhone in front of the Victorian bed & breakfast. The Victorian is currently on the market for 6 million.

Bedford-Stuyvesant was the place I called home for 18 years until I could no longer afford to live there. The change that is underway might be considered gentrification. Some might say its progress or others might say its economics.

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Summer, 2006: SuparNova Slom, a rapper, author, community activist, Army veteran and Dream Director for the Future Project shows off his tribute to the ancestors of Egypt on a hot summer day on Fulton Street.

Summer, 2006: SuparNova Slom is a rapper, author, community activist, National Guard specialist and a Dream Director for the Future Project. On this hot summer day on Fulton Street, he shows off his tribute to the ancestors of Egypt.

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Summer, 2014: New Orleans native Stacey Muhammad is an award winning writer/director who was inspired by the work of Spike Lee. Her ground breaking work includes the acclaimed "For Colored Boys" web series and the "I Am Sean Bell" documentary film. Stacey moved from Bed Stuy this month because of the rising cost. Atlanta, Ga., will be her new residence.

Summer, 2014: New Orleans native Stacey Muhammad is an award winning writer/director who was inspired by the work of Spike Lee. Her work includes the "For Colored Boys" web series and the "I Am Sean Bell" documentary film. Stacey moved from Bed-Stuy to Atlanta, Ga., this month because of the rising cost.

The once affordable, culturally diverse neighborhood has received some welcoming upgrades, but the rising cost of real estate and rent is driving out an increasing number of its black and brown residents.

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Fall, 2013: Yaya and Joshua Alafia are enjoying a moment in Stuyvesant park as they await their first child. The couple married last year. Yaya is an actress and Joshua is a film maker. The couple gave birth to a healthy baby boy a week after the photos named Sankara Mamadou Bee Alafia.

Fall, 2013: Yaya Alafia, an actress, and Joshua Alafia, a filmmaker, enjoy a moment in Stuyvesant Park as they await their first child. The couple gave birth to a healthy baby boy a week after this photo was taken named Sankara Mamadou Bee Alafia.

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Summer, 2006: Fashions of Islam! On any random day you will see women of the Islamic faith in traditional dress.  Bed Stuy has a global representation of Islam.  The women in the photo are from Bangladesh.

Summer, 2006: Bed-Stuy has a global representation of Islam. On any given day you will see women of the Islamic faith in traditional dress, like these women from Bangladesh.

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Summer, 2009: Neith Rasuten represents the island nation of Haiti. Nit Ra Sit has been designing clothes and other garments for over fifteen years. Her design studio was on Nostrand Avenue until 2009. She is currently in Harlem. You can see her work at http://www.nitrasit.com

Summer, 2009: Neith Rasuten represents the island nation of Haiti. Nit Ra Sit has been designing clothes and other garments for over 15 years. Currently in Harlem, her design studio was on Nostrand Avenue until 2009.

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Summer, 2004: Emma, a Ghana native, tells her daughter the ride is over. Emma did not want her picture taken because she felt she was not looking her best. I had to talk to Emma for 3 blocks until she let me photograph her.

Summer, 2004: Emma, a Ghana native, tells her daughter the ride is over. Emma did not want her picture taken because she felt she was not looking her best. I had to talk to Emma for 3 blocks until she let me photograph her.

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Fall, 2010: Standing proud! Alzo Slade, a Houston, Texas native and a Bed Stuy resident, takes a moment to pose for a photo on Howard Avenue. Alzo is a photographer and a comedian.

Fall, 2010: Alzo Slade, a Houston, Texas native and a Bed-Stuy resident, on Howard Avenue. Alzo is a photographer and a comedian.

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Spring, 2014: King Lion Boboshanti and his daughter Queen Omenga at a Mother’s day event at the Akawabaa Mansion in Bed-Stuy. King Lion is a Vegan raw food chef from Jamaica.

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Summer, 2006: Three generations! This family stops for a portrait before they enter a Santeria church on Fulton Street.

Summer, 2006: A family stops for a portrait before they enter a Santeria church on Fulton Street.

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Winter, 2013: Uwalia Ahgedo is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is from the Edo tribe in Nigeria. Her name means wealth and riches. The "ankara" (skirt) is from her tribe.

Winter, 2013: Uwalia Ahgedo, originally from the Edo tribe in Nigeria, is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her name means wealth and riches. The "ankara" (skirt) is from her tribe.

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Summer, 2014: Two friends stop for a portrait at Spike Lee’s block party. Twenty-five years ago the film maker made “Do the Right Thing” in the neighborhood.

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Fall, 2011: Michael Young poses for a portrait on Lexington Avenue before he enters church for Sunday school wearing his father’s brim.

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Summer, 2005: The first time! Supreme teaches his stepson Tyshaun how to tie a tie for the first time. Supreme told me he loves being a stepdad. "A stepfather is a man that steps up to be a dad."

Summer, 2005: Supreme teaches his stepson Tyshaun how to tie a tie for the first time. Supreme told me he loves being a stepdad. "A stepfather is a man that steps up to be a dad," he said.

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Fall, 2010 -- Two kings! Don Balladin, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, wears designs from his clothing line Swagstar Nation. The mural behind him is of fallen legendary rapper Notorious BIG on Franklin Avenue. The murder of the hometown product has yet to be solved since 1997.

Fall, 2010: Don Balladin, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, wears designs from his clothing line "Swagstar Nation." The mural behind him is of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. on Franklin Avenue. The murder of the hometown product has yet to be solved since 1997.

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Winter, 2010: Fifty years! Mr & Mrs Pritchett met at Morgan State University. Mr. Pritchett was a chemistry instructor and Mrs. Pritchett was a student. The couple has lived in Bedford Stuyvesant for over 40 years. Mr. Pritchett transitioned in 2012. This was their last photo on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Winter, 2010: Mr. & Mrs. Pritchett met at Morgan State University, where Mr. Pritchett was a chemistry instructor and Mrs. Pritchett was a student. The couple has lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant for over 40 years. Mr. Pritchett died in 2012, and this was their last photo on their 50th wedding anniversary.

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Summer, 2005: Home sweet home! Mo, an Air Force veteran returns home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The neighborhood has its share of veterans. Many families have American flags draped outside their homes honoring some of our greatest volunteers. Mo now works for Con Edison as a splicer.

Summer, 2005: Mo, an Air Force veteran, returns home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The neighborhood has its share of veterans. Many have American flags draped outside their homes. Mo now works for Con Edison as a splicer.

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