José A. Alvarado Jr.

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The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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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The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Credits: josé a. alvarado jr.
Updated: 04/06/20
Location: New York City





The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
In the wake of the 2016 U.S. national election, discontent echoes amongst American cities. Changes in the way politicians are viewed and campaigns are run become a frequent storyline throughout the country. Leading a 28-year-old Bronx woman of Puerto Rican heritage, to run for office in her neighborhood of Parkchester. A campaign that started in her apartment, the same apartment she was raised, has begun to show similarities to the old age tale of David vs. Goliath. Her Goliath? The incumbent (D) Joseph Crowley and what local news is calling the “Queens Machine”. A system of patronage designed to control local elections and prop up establishment power and moneyed interests. This will be Alexandria’s first time running for office in what is seen to be a very heated campaign race. The photographs in this series document Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she navigates the road of her historic run for office. Spanning from her humble beginnings as a waitress, and Primary election victory, to become the nation's youngest woman ever elected into Congress, from her native district of NY-14, a district home to a population of over 75%, people of color and that had never elected a person of color to Congress before, to her first days on Capitol Hill.

Published on VICE on June 27, 2018
Published on LeMonde, M Le Mag du Monde on March 23, 2019
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By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — A New York native, José A. Alvarado Jr. (b. 1989) is a Puerto Rican documentary photographer,..
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A Night Amongst the Kings and Queens of Paper

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The Little Barbershop on Suydam

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bushwick — The Little Barbershop on Suydam On a mid-July day in 2016, one of the hottest in New York City’s..
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Paper Kings

By José A. Alvarado Jr. — In late September of 2018, I was commisioned to document a paper company's 75th anniversary in Rye, New..
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A Good Beginning Makes A Good Ending

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Iceland — Af góðu upphafi  vonast góður endir.   A good beginning makes a good ending.
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House of Glory

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — BRONX KIDS BY DAY, SUPERSTAR WRESTLERS BY NIGHT Words by Jake Bittle Photographs by José Alvarado..
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Portrait of Singer-Songwriter Steff Reed

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bedford-Stuyvesant — Editorial on singer, songwriter, and producer Steff Reed. The self-taught multi-instrumentalist’s life..
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La Isla Del Encanto; Borikén

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Villalba, Puerto Rico — La Isla Del Encanto; Borikén Poem by my Father, José A. Alvarado Sr. Yo Volver Quisiera..
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You Don't Look Sick

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bronx — You Don't Look Sick What are your experiences after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in your..
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Narratives From The West; An American Solar Eclipse

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Moab — Narratives from the West; An American Solar Eclipse Narratives from the West; An American Solar Eclipse is..
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