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Tracking the South Bronx: photographs by Carlos Ortiz (1947-2008)

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March 3 through April 30, 2014

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Tracking the South Bronx:  Photographs by Carlos Ortiz (1947-2008)

For photographer Carlos Ortiz, his lens became a platform to tell his Bronx story in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Ortiz, who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, regularly shot photos of Bronx people and places, including those in his Longwood neighborhood. His images reflect the devastation in his community and the resiliency of his people.

This exhibit features a selection of Carlos Ortiz’s Bronx black and white photos and is a snapshot of the extensive collection of his works available at Centro. Ortiz donated his collection to Centro before he died in 2008 as a way to ensure that this history is preserved and shared. The photos selected are from one box in the collection. His pictures are noted for their somber portrayal of the desolation of the decaying landscape of the South Bronx.

This exhibit is made possible through the kind courtesy of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

On view on the Concourse Level.

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