· October 01, 2015 · Workers · 0 comments


Bronx Photo League/Bronx Documentary Center Images from Jerome Ave Workers Project. Jose Reyes, 45-years-old, the owner of JR wheel Alignment, 1245 Jerome Avenue, in his shop. Photo taken August 2015 by Edwin Torres/Bronx Photo League OPENING RECEPTION: Jerome Ave Workers Project Photo Exhibition Saturday, October 3, 2015 5-8PM Vasquez Muffler 1275 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452 #4 train to 167th Street (please note this is not at the BDC's gallery) Free and open to all ON VIEW October 3-18, 2015 Monday-Saturday 4–7PM Sundays 11AM-2PM FEATURING: Ed Alvarez Trevon Blondet David “Dee” Delgado Melissa Bunni Elian Jesus Emmanuel Giacomo Francia Michael Kamber Netza Moreno Heriberto Sanchez Jonathan Santiago Rhynna M. Santos Adi Talwar Berthland Tekyi-Berto Edwin Torres Elias Williams Osaretin Ugiagbe This exhibition documents and celebrates the workers and trades people of Jerome Avenue, one of New York City's few remaining working class neighborhoods where many still make a living in small shops and factories, or repairing automobiles. The city is considering a plan to rezone two miles along Jerome Ave: speculation and rising rents are already evident. If passed, the rezoning will lead to construction of housing units, but also, many believe, to the end of a proud culture of industry and work in this last bastion of New York City’s working class. The Bronx Photo League, a project of the BDC, is made up of 16 Bronx photographers committed to documenting social issues and change in our borough. The Photo League works to present a balanced and nuanced image of the Bronx. The Jerome Avenue Workers Project is the Photo League's first major exhibition. The portraits in this show were shot on Kodak Tri-X negative film with Hasselblad cameras and lenses. Authentic silver gelatin darkroom prints will be on display. INTERVIEW I am the owner of JR wheel Alignment, Mechanic, and Flat fix. I have now approximately 1 year and 5 months since I started wo

© Edwin Torres

Jose Reyes

Flat Fix, 1245 Jerome Avenue, Bronx NY

Jose Reyes, 45, takes a break from working on a wheel alignment at his Flat Fix auto shop on Jerome. Jose left behind a lucrative career as a professional baseball player to settle down, start a business, and focus on his family. “I played with the Giants, Oakland, and Texas and two independent leagues one in Albany and one in Canada. It’s a beautiful story. If it wasn’t for the draft of 95 when they mentioned the replacements. I was with Texas and I was one of the ones who decided to leave. i stopped playing because they wanted to take me internationally to go play in japan. I already had Johan and my wife told me if I continue that she will be taking our son and moving to Puerto Rico. So then I best decided to not play anymore and instead to be a business owner.”

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