About Joseph Rodríguez

Joseph Rodríguez is a Documentary photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography in the School of Visual Arts and in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Recent exhibitions of his work have appeared at Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden; The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Fototeca, Havana, Cuba; Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls, New York; Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater at the Lincoln Center; and the Kari Kenneti Gallery Helsinki, Finland.

In 2001 the Juvenile Justice website, featuring Joseph Rodriguez's photographs, launched in partnership with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival High School Pilot Program.

Joseph teaches at New York University, the International Center of Photography, New York and has also taught at universities in Mexico and Europe, including Scandinavia.

Rodriguez won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1993 photographing gang families in East Los Angeles.




Statement

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