Spanish Harlem

Spanish Harlem

Featuring: Joseph Rodriguez, David Gonzalez

Photoville Talks at St. Ann’s Warehouse are produced by United Photo Industries and supported in part by PhotoWings and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Saturday, September 14 | 3PM – 4PM
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse


Joe Rodriguez and David Gonzalez will be discussing his groundbreaking National Geographic cover on Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, looking back on a vital New York City community that is undergoing increasing gentrification. They will also explore how the project dealt with representation, as well as its continued impact decades later.

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Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying photography at the School of Visual Arts and went on to receive an Associate of Applied Science at New York City Technical College. He worked in the graphic arts industry before deciding to pursue photography further. In 1985 he graduated with a Photojournalism and Documentary Diploma from the International Center of Photography in New York.

He went on to work for Black Star photo agency, and for print and online news organizations like National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Esquire, Stern, BBC News, and New America Media, and shot advertising campaigns for Levi’s, AIG, IKEA.

He has received awards and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists’ Fellowship, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Open Society Foundation Justice Media Fellowship and the Open Society Institute Katrina Media Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, the Alicia Patterson Foundation for Investigative Journalism, and the Konstnarsnamden Stipendium. He has been awarded Pictures of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri, in 1990, 1992, 1996, and 2002.

He is the author of Spanish Harlem, part of the American Scene series, by the National Museum of American Art/DAP, as well as East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, Juvenile, Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City, Still Here: Stories After Katrina, published by Powerhouse Books, and Spanish Harlem El Barrio in the 80s, published by Powerhouse Books.

Recent exhibitions include Aperture Gallery, Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne, Germany, Reva and David Logan Gallery for Documentary Photography at the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley, California, Bronx Documentary Center, New York City, Gulf + Western Gallery, New York City, Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne, Germany, Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne, California, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York City, Moving Walls, Open Society Institute, New York City, and Cultural Memory Matters, 601 Art Space, New York City.

He has been visiting artist at Stanford University, The Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford, California, The University of La Verne, California, Columbia University School of Journalism, New York City, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida, The University of Helsinki, Finland, Aarhus University, Denmark, Royal University of Art, School of Architecture, Sweden, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, Hostos Community College, New York City, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York. He presently teaches at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and The International Center of Photography.

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David Gonzalez is a journalist at The New York Times who co-edited the Lens column. He is also a founding member of the Nuyorican photo collective Seis del Sur.