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On the edge of society

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Starting March 2, 2013, the Hardhitta Gallery in Cologne is exhibiting the first retrospective of the American documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez.

36 photographs taken during three decades will be on display, all with the common theme “A Humanist Gaze”. They show intimate glimpses into the lives of people living on the edges of society: families living on the wrong side of the law, prostitutes in Mexico, prison inmates in Zambia, and pilgrims in Romania. Isolation, hope, migration, religiousness – human beings are always at the forefront of his work.

About the photographer:
While still a teenage in Brooklyn in the sixties, Rodriguez was put in jail for robbery and drug dealing. It was the camera that finally offered him a way out of a life of criminality. He photographed the life that he knew. In the meantime, Rodriguez teaches at New York University and the International Center of Photography in New York, among other places.

Further information about the exhibition at: www.hardhittagallery.com

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