Joseph Rodriguez’s El Barrio in the ’80s – The New York Times

Joseph Rodriguez’s El Barrio in the ’80s

A new book revisits Joseph Rodriguez’s first project, a yearslong look at El Barrio, which was once the heart of New York’s Puerto Rican community.

via Lens Blog:

Joseph Rodriguez was no exception: Though born and raised in Brooklyn — with detours at Rikers and a life-changing encounter with photography — he, as a teenager, liked to hang out at his uncle’s candy store and numbers spot where the streets were abuzz with music and life. Those early encounters led to a May 1990 National Geographic cover story and the most important project of his life after he spent the latter half of the 1980’s photographing El Barrio’s streets and residents in their homes and on the block.