Joseph Rodriguez started taking pictures in the mid-1980’s. Drawn to the social documentary style, he sought out photography in an attempt to break stereotypes and expose the world to the truthful portraits of American struggle. People are at the heart of his work and his pictures are often the product of lengthy periods spent gaining the trust of his subjects. The results are raw, gritty, and vivacious images, that reveal the resilience and the beauty of his subjects.
1973 School of Visual Arts, New York
1980 Associate of Applied Science New York City Technical College, New York
1985 Photojournalism/Documentary Diploma, International Center of Photography, New York
Selected Public Collections
LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
International Center of Photography, New York
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
The Open Society Foundation, New York