Joseph Rodriguez

East Side Stories
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Location: New York
Nationality: American
Biography: As a documentary photographer for over 25 years, my point of view has been to work slowly when it is possible. The domestic landscape of America has been my interest for the past two decades. Today I continue to work within the social documentary... MORE
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East Side Stories
Copyright Joseph Rodriguez 2022
Date of Work Jan 1992 - Jul 2003
Updated Jul 2018
Topics Arrests and Prosecutions, Civil Rights, Community, Crime, Gangs, Hope, Human Rights, Incarceration, Oppression, Parenting & Family, Photography, Prison, Violence
Gang Life in East L.A.

My interest in going to Los Angeles began in 1992. I was strongly influenced by the music coming out of the streets and other inner cities across the country.  I felt these youth had something very important to say in their music. It was good research. Coming out of the streets of New York myself, I felt connected in some sense. I wanted to speak about things in my work I was familiar with. I was not going to L.A. as a journalist, but as a photographer needing to make connections, and taking the time to get to know people.  

A long term project from 1992-2017"East Side Stories puts a human face to gang members in Los Angeles while in their homes and with their families.
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