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Jerome Avenue Workers Project Photo Exhibition presented by
Bronx Photo League & Bronx Documentary Center
Saturday, October 3, 2015 5-8PM
1275 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
#4 train to 167th Street
(please note this is not at the BDC’s gallery)
Free and open to all
October 3-18, 2015
Ed Alvarez, Rhynna M. Santos, Adi Talwar, Edwin Torres, Trevon Blondet, David “Dee” Delgado, Melissa Bunni Elian, Jesus Emmanuel, Giacomo Francia, Michael Kamber, Netza Moreno, Heriberto Sanchez, Jonathan Santiago, Berthland Tekyi-Berto, Elias Williams, and Osaretin Ugiagbe.
This exhibition documents and celebrates the workers and trades people of Jerome Avenue, one of New York City’s few remaining working class neighborhoods where many still make a living in small shops and factories, or repairing automobiles. The city is considering a plan to rezone two miles along Jerome Ave: speculation and rising rents are already evident. If passed, the rezoning will lead to construction of housing units, but also, many believe, to the end of a proud culture of industry and work in this last bastion of New York City’s working class.
The Bronx Photo League, a project of the BDC, is made up of 16 Bronx photographers committed to documenting social issues and change in our borough. The Photo League works to present a balanced and nuanced image of the Bronx. The Jerome Avenue Workers Project is the Photo League’s first major exhibition.
The portraits in this show were shot on Kodak Tri-X negative film with Hasselblad cameras and lenses. Authentic silver gelatin darkroom prints will be on display.
Jerome Avenue Workers Project, was possible through the support of the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit that improves the lives of working men and women across New York State by providing targeted programs in workforce, economic, and community development.
Photo: Josè Cruz, mechanic at Diffo Auto Glass & Flat Fix. 1510 Jerome Avenue. 25 years working on Jerome Avenue since fleeing Salvadoran Civil War in 1990. © David “Dee” Delgado & Mike Kamber