By: Elías Irizarry Rosado
For over a decade, I have used black and white photography to create a strong record of Latina/o life in New York City. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the South Bronx. I began taking photographs at the age of 12 and have studied photography and photojournalism at The New School and New York Institute of Photography. I specialize in black and white documentary-style photography and have focused much of my work on the everyday lives of Boricuas and people of color in NYC. My commitment to community empowerment, ethnic pride and civil rights led me to see my work as more than just a passion – I had a responsibility to document the culture, history and lifestyle of my beautiful people. Being able to document the people in these photos brought me closer to my own family and ancestors who sacrificed so much so that I could be here today. I hope the viewer can, at the very least, connect with their own family and history through these images and ultimately celebrate who they are and where they come from. Ase!
Elías Irizarry Rosado can be contacted on his website, where his work is also showcased.