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Photo by Joseph Rodríguez. From “Puerto Rican Lament,” a project about economic hardship that has been worsened by Hurricane Maria.

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Oct 12, 2018
By Martha T. Moore

How to get Joseph Rodriguez, a documentary photographer famous for his intimate portraits of communities, to be your mentor: Be hungry and do the work.

“If you do the work, you are part of the family,’’ photographer Rian Dundon remembers Rodriguez telling him when Dundon was a student in Rodriguez’ class at New York University.  “He really showed us what it took to do this kind of work, and also that it was possible, that it was reachable regardless of who you were and where you were coming from.’’

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Mentoring documentary photographers pursuing long-term projects is Rodriguez's way of passing on the support he got as a young photographer.

Puerto Rican Lament by Joseph Rodríguez

Puerto Rico Lament is a longterm project by photographer Joseph Rodríguez that documents the economic crisis of Puerto Rico and the population at risk.
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