Are There Neo-Nazis in Greenpoint? Adam Krause Photos Resurface Two Years Later

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On Thursday, November 7, Slate published a provocatively titled series of photos, "Life as a Nazi Skinhead in Brooklyn." The seven hauntingly beautiful portraits of neo-Nazi skinheads who ostensibly live in Greenpoint were taken by Adam Krause.

In an email interview with Slate's Jordan G. Teicher, Krause explains that he met his subjects at a gym and struck up an acquaintance, hoping to gain their trust, after he recognized the logo of a racist band on one of their T-shirts.

Strangely, Teicher's post does not mention two central facts:

1) That Krause's photos were originally posted online nearly two years ago, and

2) That Krause deleted them from his website soon after, when reporters -- including one from the Village Voice -- began questioning whether Nazi skinhead culture was really alive and kicking in Greenpoint.

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Gawker was the first to call attention to Krause and his photos. On February 27, 2012, Danny Gold published a brief post titled "The Neo-Nazis of Hipster Brooklyn," which reproduced Krause's portrait of a young skinhead clad in a black T-shirt with a black bandanna tied around the lower half of his face, seated in front of a backdrop of swastika-emblazoned flags. Noting that Krause was "full disclosure ... a friend," Gold outlined how the artist encountered the subjects of his portraits at a Greenpoint gym: "He soon gained their trust and shot photos of the group."

But, concluded Gold: "[B]efore forming up the JDL of Williamsburg I think we shouldn't get too worried. As a mutual friend pointed out when Krause first showed us the photos, it seems this is more a group of angry young men who are confusing Polish nationalism with anti-Semitism than any sort of active organization that poses a threat."

That didn't stop the Daily Mail from picking up the story the following day, briefly quoting Krause and reproducing all seven of his portraits -- the same seven that would appear 22 months later in Slate.

The following day, Alexander Nazaryan published a post on the New York Daily News book blog, calling into question whether the portraits were the real deal. The Voice asked the same question shortly after; at some point in the interim, Krause scrubbed the photos from his website.

See also:Runnin' Scared's March 2012 post about Brooklyn skinhead photos

In their place, the photographer inserted a link to a Curb Your Enthusiasm clip about skinheads and a short statement: "While I appreciate the attention this story is receiving, the media exposure it is getting is making me a bit uncomfortable. In the meantime, I feel this video answers a lot of questions that we are all asking."

Now, Krause and his portraits are back.


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2 comments
Laney Bizzle
Laney Bizzle

Lived in Greenpoint back in 2003-2004. Wouldn't shock me.

Joseph Angel Pagan
Joseph Angel Pagan

Stephanie Koithan Brooklyn Billmaier still unsure if its legit but this is what I was talking about

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