Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home — Mara Catalan

Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home
by Mara Catalán

Mara Catalán’s 1st monograph, Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home, is a coming-of-age story of a Spanish immigrant who moved to New York in 1990 and stayed. With little money and no concrete plan, Mara found a cheap place to live and people who cared for her in Williamsburg, an industrial neighborhood then in decline, across the bridge in Brooklyn. With a distinctive style, Mara weaves B&W urban landscapes, intimate portraits, and lyrical street scenes with stories, personal letters, and diary entries in both Spanish and English.

At once a wonderful record of a particular epoch and a historical archive of many places in Williamsburg that have either radically changed or ceased to exist, the book is a window into the life of a woman strongly connected to her changing and expanding world, and also very much tied to where she comes from. More than two decades later Mara continues to live in Williamsburg, a reluctant witness to the massive transformation and the disappearance of familiar places and faces. This book is her ode to what it once was, a place she once called home.

The book is also available as a signed SPECIAL EDITION paired with an 8 x 10 archival silver-gelatin, fiber-based print, each made by Mara herself in Brooklyn; choice of one of the ten above:

MC 1- View from my rooftop of the The Old Dutch Mustard Company building. 1996
MC 2- Night scene of a car parked on Berry Street on a foggy night. 1996
MC 3- View of the Russian Orthodox church and McCarren Park after the blizzard of 1996.
MC 4- Diner for sale at 225 Wythe Avenue with Slicks bikes parked on the sidewalk.
MC 5- Entrance to Kokie’s Bar, located at the corner of N 3rd Street and Berry Street. 1994
MC 6- Winter night scene of Kent Avenue.
MC 7- View of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Domino’s Sugar Factory.
MC 8- View of the corner of Berry Street and Grand Street during a snow storm.
MC 9- View of the J train going over the elevated tracks on the Williamsburg Bridge. 1996
MC 10- Corner storefront on 57 S 5th Street and Wythe Avenue, with graffiti made by U.F.O.

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Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home


Williamsburg, A Place I Called Home is sold at 60 USD/EUR or ALSO available with an 8×10 archival silver-gelatin, fiber-based print made by Mara herself in Brooklyn (Choice of one of the ten), for 250 USD/EUR. All sales plus shipping.


Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home – Book Specifications:
Photographs and Text by Mara Catalán
210 x 297mm
Spanish and English
ISBN 978-1-941703-07-6