José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual...
Skills:Translator, Image Archiving, Digital Printing, Sports, Lighting Tech, Audio Recording, Photo Assisting, Color Correction, Film Scanning, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Apple Final Cut Pro, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Web Design, Exhibition Design, Photojournalism, Film Processing, Film Photography
Tammie Teclemariam appears, out of nowhere, through a kitchen window at the rear of a stately three-story house in Ditmas Park, a bottle of Cavallotto “Pinner” 2018 in one hand and a delicate wineglass in the other. She hands them down to me and then materializes a few minutes later with her own already filled glass, a plastic container of drunken noodles, and her year-old rescue dog, Buffer. As she fills my glass, Teclemariam explains that we’re drinking a Pinot Noir (or Pinot Nero) from Italy — which is unusual, she informs me, given that Pinot Noir grapes aren’t native to the area. Just then, one of her five roommates walks through the courtyard from a garage turned recording studio. “Is it cool if we hang out here?” she asks as he saunters past. “I don’t know if you realize this, but I’m famous now, so it’s just going to be interviews nonstop. No, I’m just kidding. I mean, I’m not kidding about being famous.” -- Words by Nikita Richardson for New York Magazine.