Spanish Harlem by Joseph Rodriguez. First edition (1994). First impression. Medium format paperback in fine condition. No markings. Please see pictures. Any questions please get in touch.
About Spanish Harlem
Firstly, Spanish Harlem, New York’s oldest barrio. Therefore, it is home to some 120,000 people, half of whom are of Latino origin. So, to live there is to confront some of the city’s worst problems: crime, drug abuse, AIDS, chronic unemployment. But this place also serves as the “capital of Hispanic America.” The mecca where Puerto Ricans first settled is now shared with African Americans and new arrivals from Latin America. Each year, former residents return for “Old Timer’s Day, ” a celebration of the flamboyance and the gritty self-reliance of the neighborhood.
Joseph Rodriguez’s photographs bring the reader inside Spanish Harlem— from the Good Friday procession, to the Dominoe social club, to the dance called the Bomba Plena, to vibrant stoop life in the neighborhood. Spanish Harlem remembers its past even as a new future is forged. On a street corner, an ice cream cart sign reads: “Puerto Rico is my enchanted. Here is where I stay.”
Joseph Rodríguez is a Documentary photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography in the School of Visual Arts and in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Rodriguez won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1993 photographing gang families in East Los Angeles.
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