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Dazed and Confused: Vibrant photos tells true stories of life as a Latinx in 80s Harlem. Tired of seeing his Latinx community misrepresented, Joseph Rodriguez pulled out his camera and took control of its story.

It took five years for Brooklyn-Born photographer Joseph Rodriguez to complete the Spansih Harlem series, his most expansive, thorough, and personal body  of work to date. A Puerto Rican New Yorker born in the 50s, Rodriguez grew up strongly Aware of the stereotypical narratives attributed to his community across the Mainstream media – a reductive, simplistic discourse he always felt the urge to defy. „As a Latino, I wanted to own my Story,“ he tells us. „That’s why it took me so Long to make this work – I wanted to do the opposite of what the media did, and go in deeper, give a broader, wider lens view of what it truly meant to be a part of this community of East Harlem, ‚El Barrio‘.“

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Playboy Deutschland: Porträts aus dem Ghetto: Foto-Ausstellung „Spanish Harlem“

Joseph Rodriguez fotografierte in den 80er Jahren die Straßen und Häuser des New Yorker Viertels „Spanish Harlem“. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei nicht Kriminalität und Gewalt, sondern die Anwohner selbst. Sie gewährtem dem Fotografen Zugang zu ihrem Gemeinschaftsleben – so entstanden intime Fotografien, die vom 20. April bis zum 30. Juni in der Kölner Galerie Bene Taschen ausgestellt werden.

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Art in America: IMAGING EL BARRIO

IN THE LATE 1980s, Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican photographer Joseph Rodriguez spent five years in northeastern Manhattan making pictures of the working-class Puerto Rican and black residents of Spanish Harlem, an area known affectionately as El Barrio. His photographs are counterpoints to the once pervasive depictions of a place identified widely with a supposed culture of poverty, its people the archetypes for the irredeemable black and brown subjects of late twentieth-century America’s urban crises. The fourteen largeformat color prints that were shown at the Bronx Documentary Center’s storefront gallery this past winter, accompanied by images emanating from two slide projectors at the center of the room, confront the dehumanizing effects of structural inequality and municipal disinvestment. Yet the scenes Rodriguez captured also affirm that these conditions did little to extinguish the vibrancy of kinship and other social ties at the heart of a community.

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L’oeil de la Photographie – New York in the 1980s, as seen by three brilliant photographers

This selection of photographs by American photographers Arlene Gottfried, Jamel Shabazz, and German photographer Miron Zownir, focus on the theme of New York in the 1980s. Through black and white, as well as colored photographs, the three photographers provide viewers with insights on the different milieus of the city. Each with their own perspectives of the megapolis, they document the…

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