José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
  
Location: New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: New York native José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican American documentary photographer currently based in New York City. His personal work consists of documenting sub-cultures, politics, and the relationship between Puerto Rico... read on
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2018 You Were Great
josé a. alvarado jr.
Dec 31, 2018
Location: New York City
What a year this has been! Two-thousand-eighteen you have been an adventure, to say the least. It was a year that started quite slowly but ended in the highest of highs. I have to say I never imagined having such opportunities of meeting so many incredible visions, mentors, and dedicated figures in their craft. This year I completed my first long-form essay documenting a 27-year-old man's daily life living with Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis in the Bronx. Andrew Sroka and the Village Voice took a chance on me and gave me my first real assignments and provided some sincere guidance and feedback along the way. One of the first self-assigned stories I made, documenting a Puerto Rican barber in my neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens, finally found a home in the local Bushwick Daily. In April I attended the NYTimes Portfolio Review, where I had the privilege to speak with many great editors and photographers, even including some of my personal heroes. I garnered some of the most honest, sincere, and crucial feedback that helped shape the way I look at current and future projects. Summer of two-thousand-eighteen brought into fruition a major step in a self-assigned project, that I had started back in June of last year when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her NY-14 primary election against incumbent Joseph Crowley. With the help and consideration of Elizabeth Renstrom and Sarah Burke, the project has a home in VICE/Broadly. This summer I also met Adriana Letorney, whose guidance, constructive feedback, and honesty has expanded my mind and photography to the next level. I was filled with joy and pride when I saw great friends produce some of the most powerful work I've seen, and had them shown at Photoville. Two-thousand-eighteen brought more trips to my homeland of Puerto Rico to help loved ones with life after Hurricane Maria and to document their lives and perseverance. These photographs would find a home in the NY Times, a publication I had only dreamed about being published in, alongside the powerful words of David Gonzales. Thank you, James Estrin, for the valuable constructive feedback and help over the past two years. Two-thousand-eighteen led me on a trip to the land of fire and ice with loved ones, marveling at the beauties of Iceland's glaciers, black sand beaches, and Aurealis Borealis. Lastly, I want to thank my family, friends, and mentors for all the guidance and support, and the invaluable photo editors I've met for taking a chance on me and my work.

Bring on 2019.

- José

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The Little Barbershop on Suydam

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — New narrative documenting a seventy-seven-year-old Puerto Rican barber and his forty-year-old shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Link..
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Thursday Briefing: Shuttered businesses in Brooklyn. The economic fallout from the pandemic is spreading beyond tourism and related industries.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Thursday Briefing: Shuttered businesses in Brooklyn. The economic fallout from the pandemic is spreading beyond tourism and related industries...
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Friday Briefing: New York City officials on Thursday urged residents to wear face coverings in public.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Friday Briefing: New York City officials on Thursday urged residents to wear face coverings in public. Coronavirus, Masks, Jobs: Your Friday..
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New York Was Not Designed for Emptiness

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — "The energy, the traffic, the crowds are all gone. Only the vacant streets remain, waiting for the actors to return to the stage." New..
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Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Shortchanges N.Y., Officials Say

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — An employee of Milly's on Broadway and Park Avenue goes over a list as he prepares to open up the pizza parlor for takeout and delivery orders,..
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Sybil and her Falconer

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Katharine Eisenhart, 29, an apprentice in falconry, with her 12.2'' American kestrel, Sybil, at their home in Upstate New York. 
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C.D.C. Gives New Guidelines, New York to Close Restaurants and Schools and Italian Deaths Rise

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — No gatherings of 50 or more for now, urges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People at Chelsea Market in Manhattan on Sunday. Late on..
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2020 - NPPA Best of Photojournalism, OVP Features (Large Team), 2nd Place, The New York Times - “65 block parties, 5 boroughs, 20 photographers:..

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — 2020 - NPPA Best of Photojournalism, OVP Features (Large Team), 2nd Place, The New York Times - “65 block parties, 5 boroughs, 20..
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Titi Giacinia at my Grandfather Angel-Luis’ home in Villalba, Puerto Rico, February 2020.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Titi Giacinia at my Grandfather Angel-Luis’ home in Villalba, Puerto Rico, February 2020.
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Portrait of Robert Sanganoo Jr.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Portrait of Robert Sanganoo Jr., 30, taken after we completed his NY state university applications. In 2011 at the age of 21, Robert was diagnosed..
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Meet the Latinos Trying to Get Latinos to the Polls

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — “My experience living at the margins of how Latinidad has been constructed, particularly being Afro-Latinx and queer, makes me fight to make..
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Mom and Pop Millionaires Are Driving Blackstone’s Growth

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Joan Solotar, Blackstone’s head of private-wealth solutions, for The Wall Street Journal Mom and Pop Millionaires Are Driving..
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The New York Times SUNDAY ROUTINE: MELISSA SILVERSTEIN

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — SUNDAY ROUTINE: MELISSA SILVERSTEIN, founder of the Athena Film Festival and Women & Hollywood, for The New York Times How a Champion of Female..
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Birdcamp Could Close. People Are Panicking`

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Justin Marshall receives a small beak-bump from his ever engaging and comical Quaker Parrot, Chicken, in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn..
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CNN: For Puerto Rico's earthquake families, trauma continues thousands of miles from home.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — They survived a tanking economy, Hurricane Maria and political strife. But earthquakes proved to be too much. My recent work for @CNN - link below:..
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Welcome to the party. The New York City block party.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Last month I had the privilege of covering block parties in the Glendale and Ridgewood neighborhoods of Queens for the massive time capsule piece..
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A Sunday with Grammy Award Winning Rapper Residente

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Last month I had the opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon with the Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican rapper Residente for the NYTimes. ..
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The New York Times - Connected by Cannabis

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — In August I spent time with Hillary Peckham, co-founder of the New York-based all-women medical marijuana company Etain Health, and Maren..
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AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 35 WINNERS

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Two of my images from my personal project "La Isla Del Encanto; Borikén" were chosen for American Photography 35 !!!   ..
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Still Rocking the Role (and the Mullet) 10 Years Later

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Some images from my time documenting veteran actor Mitchell Jarvis's transformation into the smart-alecky narrator "Lonny" in..
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Savoring Long Sunday Nights With Music and Meals

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the charming neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens along with the beautiful establishments and..
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8TH EDITION OF THE FENCE

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — I'm speechless, humbled, and excited to announce my project "House of Glory", a story that documents a group of New Yorkers in their..
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UK rapper slowthai’s live show is punk af

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — Last Friday I got to witness and document the madness and energy that comes with Grime rappers Slowthai and Kelvin Krash show at Elsewhere Space in..
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REUTERS Editor's Choice for coverage at the 62nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — This is a little late but I wanted to share one of my images from my coverage of the 62nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC for REUTERS that was..
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