Dinanda H. Nooney was born in Manhattan. But she captured the faces of 1970s Brooklyn like a local.
Nooney spent a couple of years learning the borough as a campaign volunteer and neighborhood surveyor. In 1978, she started to take portraits of the people she’d met. Often, they’d refer her to others to photograph.
The collection, nearly 35 years old, sat in relative obscurity after a 1985 exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She donated the images to the New York Public Library 10 years later. The NYPL has since digitized them, allowing a much wider audience a unique look at life in the borough at the time.
Nooney passed away in 2004, missing out on the renewed interest in her work. Below, courtesy of the NYPL, a small sampling of the many streetscapes, homes, and residents she found.