José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
  
You Don't Look Sick
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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You Don't Look Sick
Credits: josé a. alvarado jr.
Date of Work: 02/02/16 - Ongoing
Updated: 07/04/18
Location: Bronx




You Don't Look Sick
What are your experiences after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in your twenties during the peak of your social life? How do you begin to live your new life in a body that is familiar and yours, but now feels foreign? 

Alvarado’s photographs document Robert Sanganoo’s daily life and adversities living with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis over the course of two years. At a time when most adults in their twenties are pursuing a career and meeting significant people, Robert takes his days at a pace unimaginable to the normal person. From physical therapy to at-home workouts, Robert wants to no longer just survive this disease. Having navigated a significant distance from the day he was first diagnosed, this positive direction comes at a time when our state of government in regards to health care may look to hinder the lives of our sick. Unable to work due to his body’s condition, Robert is dependent on the health care our government supplies, with a rift to it bringing serious repercussions for him and his progression towards a productive life. This essay will be his first time openly speaking about his battle with anyone outside the family and people sharing the same fight. With the purpose to open more conversations about this disease and to continue finding a cure.

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Apple Study

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York — "...Though you can easily count the seeds in an apple; it’s impossible to count the apples in a..
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Home

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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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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Portraits

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / United States — Commissioned Work
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A Night Amongst the Kings and Queens of Paper

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / Rye New York
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The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City — The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In the wake of the 2016 U.S. national election, discontent echoes..
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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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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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