“Joseph Rodriguez’s Spanish Harlem: El Barrio In The 80s” One-Night Event In Harlem

Join Union Settlement and the Museum of the City of New York for the East Harlem book launch of Joseph Rodriguez’s Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ’80sProceeds from all book sales at the event go to support Union Settlement and the 10,000 residents we serve each year.

Tuesday, December 12 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Museum of the City of New York.

As a member of the press, you’re invited to join us at the event as our guest. Click HERE to RSVP. We hope you will consider covering this very special evening, and spreading the word to your readers.

Tickets for the general public are $15 and can be purchased HERE.

When Brooklyn-raised photographer Joseph Rodriguez first debuted his body of work shot in Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, it truly captured the spirit of the neighborhood. At that time, El Barrio was confronted with some of the city’s most endemic problems including crime, drugs, AIDS, and chronic unemployment. Despite this grim prognosis, the neighborhood maintained a vibrant community and sense of pride. Now, three decades later, Rodriguez’s new book Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ’80s revisits his groundbreaking photographs, uncovering new images and re-framing the project as one that pushed beyond documentary into the realm of fine art. Read more about the images in the “Lens” blog of The New York Times.

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Rodriguez will discuss his experience photographing the neighborhood, share the stories behind the images, and sign books afterwards.

Reception and book signing to follow. 

Books will be available for purchase – all book sales proceeds will go to Union Settlement.

Click HERE to RSVP.

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