ABOUT

BIO
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 practice, covering the struggles of everyday life. As Fred Ritchin, author and president of www.pixelpress.org wrote, “Photography too often confirms preconceptions and distances the reader from more nuanced realities. The people in the frame are often depicted as too foreign, too exotic, or simply too different to be easily understood.” I continue to tell stories that have had an affect on my life so that we can diminish this distance and develop a better understanding.

Represented by Bill Charles, New York, www.billcharles.com

EDUCATION
1985 - Photojournalism/Documentary Diploma, International Center of Photography,
New York
1980 - Associate of Applied Science, New York City Technical College, New York
1973 - School of Visual Arts, New York

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2013 A Humanist Gaze, Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2012 Homegrown, Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne, California
2012 Portraits from Another America, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York
2011 Mi Vida Loca, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2010 Cultural Memory Matters, 601Artspace Gallery, New York
2010 Festival Reportage, Pictures, Words and Stories, Atri Photography Festival, Atri,
Italy
2010 Bodies in Question, New York Photo Festival 10, Brooklyn, New York
2010 Visual Citizenship, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University,
New York
2008 Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City, Drkrm.Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2007 Engulfed by Katrina:Photographs Before and After the Storm, African American
Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006 Engulfed by Katrina:Photographs Before and After the Storm, New York
University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York
2005 Juvenile Justice, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 Imagenes Havana, Fototeca, Havana, Cuba
Beggars and Choosers, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
2001 Barrio in NYC and Gang Life in East LA, Galleria Kari Kenetti, Helsinki, Finland
Juvenile, Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York
2000 East Side Stories Gang Life in East LA, Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Moving Walls: Youthful Offenders in Silicon Valley, Open Society Institute,
New York
Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, El Paso
Museum of Art, Texas
The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America, Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC
1999 Spanish Harlem/East Los Angeles, Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and
Design, Florida
Biennial, Torino, Italy
Under/Exposed, Subway Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
1998 Respekt, Stockholm Stadsmuseum, Sweden
A Summer Wedding, Leica Gallery, New York
1997 The Chain, Noorderlicht Gallery,
1996 Gangs in Los Angeles, Subway Exhibition, Foto septiembre, Mexico
East Side Stories: Gang Life in Los Angeles, Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares,
Mexico City, Mexico
1995 Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, Award
Winners
Exhibition Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico
We Look and See, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
The East Side Story: L.A. Gangs, International Center of Photography,
New York. (Solo Exhibition)
The Art Directors Club 74th National /9th International Annual Exhibition,
New York
1994 Revir (Territory), Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
1993 Romania's Institutions, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York
Visual Relief, Tartt Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Romania's Institutions, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
1992 The Kurds: The Forbidden People, Bibliotek, Uppsala, Sweden
1991 East Harlem, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Kurds: The Forbidden People, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
1990 Stockholm/New York, Fotograficentrum, Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden
1989 East Harlem, New Documentary USA, Images Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1988 Journey Through My Windows, Fotograficentrum, Gothenburg, Sweden
(Solo Exhibition)
El Barrio, International Center of Photography, New York (Solo Exhibition)
1987 El Dia de Los Muertos: Rural Traditions of the Day of the Dead, Mexican
Museum, San Francisco, California and Fort Worth Museum of Art, Fort Worth,
Texas
East Harlem, An Audio/Visual Presentation, Festival Off, Le Forum Photo,
Arles, France
1986 East Harlem: A Community Facing and Uncertain Future, Networks Gallery,
School of Art And Design, Chicago, Illinois

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2013 Open Society Foundation, Documentary Photography Project Audience Engagement Grant
2010 New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists' Fellowship
2008 University of Southern California, Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism
2006 Open Society Katrina Media Fellowship
2003 Konstnarsnamden Stipendium, Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
2003 Dart Center for Trauma and Journalism Ochberg Fellowship
2001 Pictures of the Year International, Missouri School of Journalism
1999 Open Society Justice Media Fellowship Fund for Investigative Journalism,
Washington, D.C.
1998 The Rockefeller Foundation, USA/Mexico Fund for Culture
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists' Fellowship
1997 California Council for the Humanities
1996 Pictures of the Year, National Press Photographers Association, Missouri School of
Journalism
1995 Konstnarsnamden Stipendium, Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
1994 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1993 Alicia Patterson Fellowship, Washington, D.C.
Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography Konstnarsnamden
Stipendium, Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
1992 Fund for Investigative Journalism, Washington, D.C.
Pictures of the Year, National Press Photographers Association, Missouri School of
Journalism
1991 Konstnarsnamden Stipendium, Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
1990 Pictures of the Year, National Press Photographers Association, Missouri School of
Journalism
Swedish International Development Agency Stipendium, Sweden
1989 Konstnarsnamden Stipendium, Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
Documentary Photography of the Year, Cincinnati, Ohio
1988 New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists' Fellowship

CATALOGUES
A Humanist Gaze, Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne, Germany 2013
Noorderlicht, The Garden of Eden, The Chain V, The Netherlands, 1997
Centro de la Imagen, Fotoseptiembre, Mexico City, Mexico, 1996
Kulturhuset, Revir (Territory), Stockholm, Sweden, 1994
Images Gallery, New Documentary Photography USA, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988
Fort Worth Art Museum, El Dia de Los Muertos; The Life of the Dead in Mexican Folk Art,Fort Worth, Texas, 1987

BOOKS
New York in Color, Abrams, New York, 2011
Faces of Hope Celebrating Community Health Centers, Powerhouse Books, 2009
Still Here: Stories After Katrina, Powerhouse Books, New York, 2008
Flesh Life Sex in Mexico City, Powerhouse Books, New York, 2006
The New Americans, New Press, New York, 2004
Juvenile, Powerhouse Books, New York, 2004
Crossing Over, Metropolitan Books, New York, 2001
The Way Home Ending Homelessness in America, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2000
The Encyclopedia of Photography, Schirmer Books, New York, 1999
Black Star 60 Years of Photography, Konemann, Germany, 1997
East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, Powerhouse Books, New York, 1998
Respekt: A Reportage of Gangs and Their World in Los Angeles, DN Bokforlaget, Sweden, 1997
The Human Condition, Graphis, New York, 1995,1997
Spanish Harlem, "American Scene" series, National Museum of American Art / D.A.P., 1995

MAJOR PUBLISHED PHOTO ESSAYS
Life on Both Sides of the Border, Slanted, 2012
Behind the Lens to Behind the Camera, TIME Lightbox, 2012
The Other Side of Sweden Multimedia BBC World service, 2011
Welcome to the Ghetto, Sweden’s Immigrant Youth, Fokus Magazine, 2009
Straight Outta Boston, Mother Jones, 2006
Home for Good, The Children’s Beat, 2005
Juvenile, The Sun, 2004
Zambia AIDS, Richmond Times Dispatch, 2003
Afghanistan, ETC, 2002 (Sweden)
Terror in New York 9.11, ETC, 2001 (Sweden)
L.A. Gangs, Geo, 1998 (France)
Harlem Renaissance, Der Spiegel, 1997 (Germany)
What Immigration Problem? New York Times Magazine, 1996
Los Angeles Police Department, New York Times Magazine, 1995
White Rage, Vibe, 1994
Romania, Culturefront, New York Council for the Humanities, 1994
Spanish Harlem, Culturefront, New York Council for the Humanities, 1994
Los Angeles Gangs, Mother Jones, 1994
Los Angeles Gang Life, Der Alltag, 1994 (Germany)
Los Angeles Gangs, Arbetaren, 1992 (Sweden)
Spanish Harlem, Bild Vi, 1992 (Sweden)
Mauritius, National Geographic, 1992
Romania's Institutions, Upp och Ner, 1991 (Sweden)
Mozambique's Children of War, Frihet, 1991 (Sweden)
Mozambique's Refugees, Upp och Ner, 1991 (Sweden)
Cambodia, Folket I Bild, 1990 (Sweden)
Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh City, Upp och Ner, 1990 (Sweden)
East Harlem, National Geographic, 1990
Brussels, Are Underground, 1989 (Sweden)
Detroit, Arbetaren, 1988 (Sweden)
Detroit-Motor City Breakdown, The Village Voice, 1987

ONLINE PHOTO ESSAYS
Gang Life in East L.A.
The New Americans Follow Us On The Road
Juvenile Justice
Still Here Katrina Stories
Faces of Hope
Photography saved my Life
Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York
Faces of Foreclosure
Close to home
The New Americans
Spirit and Flesh Mexico’s Sexual Revolution
Joseph Rodriguez Where it’s at
Reentry in Los Angeles
Pocko Times

IN THE MEDIA
Photographer documents Prison Inmates' 'Re-Entry' into Society, KPCC Southern California Public Radio
Portraits from Another America, the New Yorker Photo Booth
Life on Both Sides of the Border, NY Times Lens Blog
Interview, American Suburb X
Swedish Tension, BBC World Service
Photography Saved My Life, BBC World Service
Social Worker with a Camera, NY Times Lens Blog
Heroes of Photography, American Photo
Close to Home, Egg the Arts Show
Behind the Lens, WNET’s City Arts
Hispanics Today
National Public Radio
CNN News Night

TEACHING
New York University, the International Center of Photography
And taught at universities in Scandinavia, Europe and Mexico.


VISITING ARTIST
Stanford University, The Institute for Diversity in the Arts, California
The University of La Verne, California
Columbia University, School of Journalism, New York
University of Texas, Austin, School of Journalism
Ringling School of Art and Design, Florida
University of Helsinki, Finland
Aarhus University, Denmark
Royal University of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Sweden
Loyola Marymount University, California
Hostos Community College, New York