“Upstream Brooklyn” is a portrait series of Brooklyners with severe physical and cognitive/ developmental disabilities. The images were produced together with United Cerebral Palsy of New York City at their facility in Midwood.
The idea behind “Upstream Brooklyn” was to create straight on, unsentimental portraits that show the complex human beings behind the disabilities, and to give viewers a chance to see some New Yorkers that are often overlooked.
Upstream Brooklyn is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Dirk Anschutz is a New York based photographer. His main photographic interests are portraits and sports. His work has been published in magazines such as Time, Fortune, Money, ESPN, Stern, and Der Spiegel among others, and his commercial clients include Mini Cooper, BMW, Adidas, Merck and Bravo.
Besides having been in several group shows in the US, Anschutz has had solo exhibitions at The German House at NYU in New York (2011) and at Intermedia Arts Gallery in Minneapolis (2011). He is scheduled to have a solo exhibition at the Phipps Art Center in Hudson, WI in 2013 and another at the Theatre and Arts Center in Bloomington, MN in 2014.
His work was also shown on the Fence at Photoville in Brooklyn (2012), at the Slideluck Potshow during the New York Photo Festival (2010), at the Slideluck Bikeshow (2012), on aCurator.com, and several times on PDN Photo of the Day.
He received a Brooklyn Arts Council Grant 2012.
Dirk Anschutz’ awards include the PDN Photography Annual 2012, the American Photography Annual #19 and #27, an International Photography Award 2010 (second place), an ASMP Images Award 2009 (third place), an AltPick Award 2004 (first place), and he was featured in German Novum Magazin (2005).