Tracking the South Bronx
Carlos Ortiz Photos Tell His Story



November 22, 2013 - February 1, 2014
Reception Friday, November 22
6-8 pm
Silberman School of Social Work,
2180 Third Avenue, East 119th Street

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A Selection of Photographs from the Carlos Ortiz Collection at the Centro Archives.


Street by Street and Photo by Photo



In the 1970s, the South Bronx was plagued by a wave of arson and abandoned buildings, leaving whole communities devastated. The Bronx became the symbol of urban decay. Movies like Fort Apache the Bronx and that famous “The Bronx is burning” quote engraved images of ruin in people’s minds for decades.

For Bronx photographer Carlos Ortiz, his lens became a tool to shoot his own images and tell his Bronx tale his way: one photo at a time in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He walked Bronx streets, including those in his beloved Longwood neighborhood, which he knew by name, capturing heartbreaking and glorious moments as well as documenting the devastation and rise of the Bronx he loved so much and never abandoned.


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