Past Exhibition

Joseph Rodriguez – A Humanist Gaze – Cologne

2 March – 6 April, 2013

„The camera saved my life.” Joseph Rodriguez

Retrospective Joseph Rodriguez 1986 – 2005

The Hardhitta Gallery presents the first retrospective of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning American documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez.

With 36 selected photographs the Hardhitta Gallery shows „A Humanist Gaze“ in Cologne Germany from March 2nd to April 6th 2013. The exhibition presents a selection of international works by the artist in Cibachrome and silver gelatin prints.

Rodriguez photographs allow an intimate look at the life of different groups of people. Rodriguez roots and experience give him a special empathy and an authentic insight into the lives of others. The trust, which Rodriguez creates while photographing people, gives a special magic to his photographs.

The exhibition will reveal scenarios from the lives of people from all around the world with different cultures and backgrounds: from people who grow up on the wrong side of the law, to prostitution in Mexico and the life of prisoners in Zambia, up to a pilgrimage in Romania.

Isolation, hope, migration, prostitution and culture: at the forefront Rodriguez’s work is always about the human being. „I am a Humanist, people are important in my work. Today this is not considered to be the norm.“

As a teenager in Brooklyn in the 60s, Rodriguez was caught for burglary and selling drugs. For the second time he was released from prison in his 20 years, Rodriguez decides to change his life completely. He turned away from drugs and crime and found a new passion – the camera. „The camera saved my life. Photography has become my addiction and replaced the other one.“ Joseph Rodriguez began taking pictures. He photographed the life he knew.

The selected photographs were taken between 1986-2005. Rodriguez works have been published worldwide in several publications such as Spiegel, Stern, GEO, Focus Magazine, National Geographic, New York Times, Mother Jones, Newsweek, American Photo, Black & White, ESPN and many more.

Rodriguez received awards and scholarships from the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Open Society Institute, Justice Media Fellowship, Katrina Media Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, Alicia Patterson Fellowship Fund for Investigative Journalism, Konstnarsnamden scholarship Swedish Arts Council and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2002, Rodriguez was honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri with the Picture of the Year. Rodriguez is the author of Still Here: Stories After Katrina, Powerhouse Books, New York, 2008, Flesh Life Sex in Mexico City, Powerhouse Books, New York, 2006, Juvenile, Powerhouse Books, New York, 2004, East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, Powerhouse Books, New York, 1998, Spanish Harlem, „American Scene“ series, National Museum of American Art / DAP, 1995.

Rodriguez teaches at New York University, the International Center of Photography, and several universities in Scandinavia, Europe and Mexico.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bodybuilders at Eastern New York
Correctional Facility, New York 2005

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Manhattan Bridge
East River 2001

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

New York,
New York 2001  

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

 

Peter drinks a beer with a friend as his children watch TV,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Girl with an American flag,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Girl with blue dress,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1988

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Boys play at the fire hydrant,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1988

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Monique,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
60,9 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 inches)

Jason and Anthony looking into Rodriguez home,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Dolls in abandoned building,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
60,9 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP

101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 inches)

Cindy,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1988

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Child at birthday party,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Old man with groceries,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1986

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
60,9 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 inches)

Wilson,
Spanish Harlem, NY 1987

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Deputy Fidel Gonzalez,
Whittier, CA 1992

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Chivo’s family,
Boyle Heights, CA 1993

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Member of Eastside Bishops gang with his son,
Watts, CA 1992

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
60,9 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 inches)

Evergreen boys try to seduce a teenage girl,
Boyle Heights, CA 1993

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Mohammed Rahme,
Sweden 2005

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 50,8 cm (20 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 76,2 cm (30 x 30 inches)

Alicia Rountree with her Barbie dolls,
Mauritius 1991

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Vicky,
Mexico City 1997

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Sexo servidora in hotel room,
Mexico City 1997

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Norma,
Mexico City 1997

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
60,9 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 inches)

Resident Alien,
Fort Hancock, TX 1997

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Florentino Chavez,
Watsonville, CA 1997

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Economic Crisis,
Buenos Aires, Argentina 2001

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Sheepherder,
Transylvania, Romania 1996

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

The Pentecostal Pilgrimage,
Transylvania, Romania 1996

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Apartment building Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam 1989

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Children play in the rice fields,
Vietnam 1989

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Children playing in the street,
Cambodia 1989

Silver gelatin archival print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

The King’s (Darul Aman) Palace,
Kabul, Afghanistan 2001

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

A Northern Alliance soldier at prayer,
Grand Trunk Road, Afghanistan 2001

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

The Koran,
Kabul, Afghanistan 2001

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
60,9 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 inches)

Peshawar,
Pakistan 2001

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)

Kamfinsa Prison,
Zambia 2003

Cibachrome print
Edition of 5 plus 2 AP
50,8 x 60,9 cm (20 x 24 inches)

Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 inches)