• April 2017 Ruth, 35 years old, has been workong with flowers since she arrived to the United States at the age of 18. She works in a flower truck on the corner of White Plaina Road and Story Ave with her 3 sons and others. This project explores self-employment in immigrant communities. © Tony Baizan / Bronx Documentary Center

Journeys: Immigration Stories

8 Aug 2017 2017 CONTAINER

The work by the Bronx Documentary Center’s after-school documentary photography program reveals the challenges and triumphs of life in today’s New York City immigrant community.

Featuring: Justin Arroyo, Jada Arroyo, Tony Baizan, Kayla Beltran, Bianca Colón, Mitchell Dennis, Fanta Diop, Nailea Dominguez, Fritzi Garcia, Alberto Garcia, Julie Lozano, Saliyah Muhammed, Nicholas Noriega, Leonely Pacheco, Chloe Rodriguez, Ruby Simon

Presented by

Bronx Documentary Center

Curated by

Bronx Documentary Center


The Bronx Junior Photo League, the BDC’s after-school documentary photography program, spent the first months of 2017 interviewing and photographing immigrants in our community. These 12 to 18-year-old Bronx students have created windows into the lives of a Vietnamese nun, a Dominican artist, and an exiled Russian journalist, among others. This work reveals the challenges and triumphs of life in today’s New York City immigrant community.


The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a nonprofit gallery and educational space. Through exhibitions, screenings and public programming, we show the work of internationally-renowned and emerging photographers and filmmakers who are dealing with themes that guide the BDC: justice, education, community-building and positive social change. We also provide free education programs for middle and high school students, as well as a professional education program for historically underrepresented adult Bronx-based photographers. This program provides opportunities for professional development and skills training in photojournalism, filmmaking and documentary photography.