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Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s
Hardcover - English

When Brooklyn-raised photographer Joseph Rodriguez first debuted his body of work shot in Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, it changed the face of documentary photography. Grit, elegy, celebration, pride, lurking cataclysm-all embedded in the portrait of a place and the people. Now, three decades later, Rodriguez and powerHouse Books are revisiting that groundbreaking series: unearthing huge new caches of images, and re-editing and showcasing the body of work in a beautiful, deluxe monograph, reframing the project as one that pushed beyond documentary into the realm of fine art. Over 30 years since the project began, Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the 80sfinally brings this unparalleled endeavor to fruition.

Spanish Harlem, New York's oldest barrio, is the U.S. mecca where Puerto Ricans first established themselves in the 1940s. One of America's most vital centers of Latino culture, Spanish Harlem is home to 125,000 people, half of whom are Latino. Shot in the mid-to-late 80s, Joseph Rodriguez's superb photographs bring us into the core of the neighborhood, capturing a spirit of a people that survives despite the ravages of poverty, and more recently, the threat of gentrification and displacement. In a now-distant landscape littered with abandoned buildings, ominous alleyways, and the plague of addiction, the residents of Spanish Harlem persevered with flamboyant style and gritty self-reliance.

The heart of the work comes from Rodriguez's intimacy and access. The trust and familiarity he built with his subjects-repeated visits with no camera, then no photographing, then little by little, a peek here, a shot there-allowed him to transcend surface level sheen and exploitation to capture images that reveal the essence of the neighborhood and of the era. That access paired with a sharp eye for detail and composition, and the practiced and disciplined ability to find the perfect moment, led to the creation of an entirely unique and breathtaking narrative. From idyllic scenes of children playing under the sprinklers on the playground, or performing the Bomba Plena on Old Timer's Day, to shocking images of men shooting up speedballs and children dying of AIDS, Rodriguez reveals a day in the life of the barrio in the 1980s.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
1576878252
EAN
9781576878255
Publication Date
21/11/2017
Pages
200
Dimension
30.73cm x 23.88cm x 2.54cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Rodriguez, Joseph
Internationally recognized photographer Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire, and Der Spiegel. He has received awards and grants from the Open Society Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, and New York State Foundation for the Arts. He was awarded Picture of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1990, 1992, 1996, and 2002. His previous books include Juvenile (powerHouse Books, 2004). The New Americans (N

Morales, Ed
Ed Morales is a "Village Voice" staff reporter who has contributed to numerous publications, including "Rolling Stone," "The Miami Herald," "San Francisco Examiner," "The Los Angeles Time" and "The Nation," He is also a poet whose work has appeared in "Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe" and a fiction writer included in "Iguana Dreams" and "Boricuas,"

Ritchin, Fred
Fred Ritchin is the director of PixelPress and a professor of photography and imaging at New York University. He was named one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo magazine. He lives in New York City.

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