Photographing New York with a ‘Sympathetic Eye’

October 26, 2013 5:06 PM
In the raging 1970s, New York City was dangerous, broke and at times on fire.

Latinos in the city were taking to the streets, running for office and carving out artistic spaces. “Latino” at the time in New York meant “Puerto Rican.”

Photojournalist Bolivar Arellano immigrated to the city in ’71, and remembers a vivid introduction to the Young Lords, a militant organization that advocated for Puerto Rican independence.

“Viva Puerto Rico libre!” Arellano heard a man shout next to a police officer. “Long live free Puerto Rico,” was not a sentiment the officer shared. The man was hit with a baton after each declaration — six times, Arellano says .

Excerpt from the full length piece. Refer to the NPR link for the article by Dana Harrington as well as information about the photographic exhibit at Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.


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