The Faces of Tillie's 2009

Tillie's has an awesome photo show lined up for October! The Face of Tillie’s 2009 Portrait of a Brooklyn Café Photographs by Bill Kontzias October 12th – November 14th 2009 A Clinton Hill resident for over thirty years, Bill Kontzias has photographed  princesses and presidents as well as celebrities ranging from Truman Capote to Rita Hayworth. Last fall he turned his camera to the denizens of Tillie’s in a delightful group portrait that was acclaimed all over the area, promoted on the Brooklyn Academy of Music site, and lauded at a meeting of the Society for Clinton Hill. Now he continues and enhances his project with a new series of portraits, shot not just in and around Tillie’s but also in other locations where the “regulars” work, live and play, including nearby Fort Greeene Park as well as Greenpoint and Coney Island. He states: “All of my subjects are special to me. As the project has gathered momentum, people have been so generous in sharing themselves: They meet me more than halfway. It’s my goal to capture the inner light of these ‘uncommon people,’ to frame that Tillie’s café spirit with my camera. To me the portraits, in sum, become a wonderful non-linear narrative about this time and place.” The full series can be seen online at under the “Tillie’s Project” heading. Bill Kontzias is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute. Reception: Wednesday October 14th, 7 – 9 p.m. For more information on any of the above contact Patricia Mulcahy at 718 783-6140 or For directions, see “Getting Here” on the site.

Tillie’s of Brooklyn 248 Dekalb Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205 718 783-6140