José A. Alvarado Jr.

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Soap Box in the Bronx
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Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: 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... MORE
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Soap Box in the Bronx
Copyright José A. Alvarado Jr. 2022
Updated Dec 2020
Location New York City
Topics Activism, Documentary, Elections, Essays, Feminism, Gender, Historical, Hope, Human Rights, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Womens Rights


Soap Box in the Bronx: 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

Published on New York Magazine on February 14, 2022
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