Photodom Is A Black-Owned Film Camera Store In Brooklyn With A Big Mission
There is a haven for black photography enthusiasts in Brooklyn called Photodom. The character-rich camera store just might be the saving grace of an era…and a community.
Founder Dominick Lewis, a 27-year-old New York resident, founded the first black-owned camera store in Brooklyn. It acts as an important part of the neighborhood. Photodom is also helping document a community that Lewis says has run out of time.
Preserving culture starts with nurturing a new generation
Photodom is located on the third floor of an eclectic walk-up building. You could easily walk past it if you didn’t know it was there. You’ll find the shop in the shadow of Brooklyn’s J train. However, it features the art of black photographers emerging into the light more than ever.
The artists and staff at Photodom are receiving tremendous love from the community. You can see it pasted on all the walls of the shop. You’ll find magazine clippings and photos of people who visited as well as the work of photographers who Lewis says needs more exposure.
This is a store for the community. Not only do they shine a light on black artists, creators and entrepreneurs, but they also help fund projects they are passionate about. The projects are all black-led and all make a positive contribution to the neighborhood and the community as a whole.
Along with developing film, selling vintage cameras and being a hub for photographers, supporting the people who support him is crucial for Lewis. That’s why he started the Photodom Grant Project and why the community around him continues to grow and thrive with his support and love.
The Photodom Fellowship Project
In 2020, Photodom announced the Photodom Grant Program. Each month, artists can apply for a $1,000 grant that will help support a project they want to build.
The founder of Photodom prides himself on offering affordable and realistically priced photo equipment. Lewis also contributes directly to the various projects happening around him in the community. And that’s a very important part of the story: there’s a lot going on in this community.
Documenting an evolving community
One of Lewis’ main goals is to tell a side of Brooklyn that isn’t really seen in pretty magazines. The neighborhood he lives in changes all the time.
He and his collective have a unique mission. They took it upon themselves to capture the parts of the area that are not very exposed. They also focus on the fact that they may not stay long.
For this reason, they do extraordinarily important work. Follow Photodom on Instagram and support these amazing artists any way you can!