"I don't think I was really ready to break out as a photographer, but I was ready to break out as like my own spirit. "
Joseph Michael Lopez is a documentary photographer. His interest in photography started while he was a cinematographer. Joseph is mostly self-taught and his work often involves concerns for social justice which is a character trait he attributes to the life story of his mother who escaped Cuba in 1967. Joseph's work has appeared on the cover of M, The Magazine for Leica M Photography, The Sunday Review of The New York Times, New York magazine and The New Yorker, among others. Check out his website link below for news and upcoming workshops.
This episode sponsored by the School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media - Charles Traub, Chair.
© Joseph Michael Lopez - Dear New Yorker Two
© Joseph Michael Lopez - Dear New Yorker One - Leica M Magazine Cover
© Joseph Michael Lopez - Birth Write
“Or, hey, how about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion — mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do. a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up his ass (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundred miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun. It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than women and health care, right? I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?” Quoted words from viral Facebook post, original source unknown. A girl with a tattoo, Philadelphia, PA - 2015
© Joseph Michael Lopez - Patria: Milagros in Exile
Michael, Joseph, Nomi