Joe Conzo !!!! Certainly one of my favorite photographers and people on earth. Go Check out this show!
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY, presents
the opening reception for Joe Conzo’s exhibition
THE BRONX: MI BARRIO, MI ORGULLO
Curators: Mario H. Ramírez, Pedro Juan Hernández
Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 6:00pm
Centro Library East Building, 3rd floor
Born and raised in the Bronx, Joe Conzo acquired a flair for photography at the age of nine while attending the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University; later, advancing those skills at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He grew up at the heels of his grandmother a dynamic leader and passionate activist within the minority community of the South Bronx the late Dr. Evelina Antonetty. His father, Joe Conzo Sr., was longtime confidant and historian for the late “King of Latin Music” Tito Puente. Exposure to these “politically and culturally charged” worlds had a profound effect on how he viewed his environment through the lens of a camera.
However, Joe Conzo Jr. really came of age as a young man and as a photographer at a turbulent period in New York City’s urban decay. He was part of a generation that refused to be silenced by the choke of flameengulfed South Bronx tenements and a disparaging educational system. Their defiant voices gave rise to a cultural movement known as Hip Hop. And at its early stage, Joe passionately embraced the role of photographer within the phenomenon.
His first book “Born In The Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop” (2007), a collaborative effort with noted New York musicologist and curator Johan Kugelberg, has received worldwide acclaim. In 2008, a collection of his early Hip Hop photographs became part of a permanent archive housed at Cornell University. The images are located right next to its copy of The Gettysburg Address document.