From January 24 to March 22, 2015, the Bronx Documentary Center New York is presenting works by Carlos Javier Ortiz. We All We Got describes the social contexts and consequences of deadly youth violence in the predominantly black districts of Chicago and Philadelphia. Photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz, who was born in Puerto Rico in 1975 and brought up in Chicago, experienced this violence himself as he was growing up.
Ortiz is a member of Facing Change: Documenting America, an association of journalists who have made it their task to use comprehensive pictures to draw a picture of the social reality of the USA today.
LFI spoke with the photographer about his project, about youth gangs in the US, and about the culture of violence. You can find the full interview and further images at: LFI Blog.
Further information about the exhibition at: bronxdoc.org, Carlos Javier Ortiz and Facing Change: Documenting America