PHOTO 298: The importance of personal projects with guest Joseph Rodriguez

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Meet social documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez from Brooklyn. He has photographed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; journeys of new immigrants to America; gang life in East Los Angeles; and life in Spanish Harlem. Joseph’s photographs have appeared in: The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire, and more. We chat to Joseph about: his love of cinema; beating a Heroin addiction in his 20s; being mugged and stabbed and having his first camera stolen; why he quit a high paying job working for advertising agencies; working 12 hour days driving a taxi to support his photography studies; the advice Mary Ellen Mark gave him to improve his photography; the importance of playing the long game in documentary photography; difference between the tortoise photographer and the hare photographer - and much more.

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