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Joe Conzo Jr. Photographs Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 219

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs of Evelina López Antonetty as the leader of the Committee Against Fort Apache. For Apache in the Bronx was a 1981 film starring Paul Newman that depicted negative sterotypes of Black and Puerto Rican communities in the South Bronx. The collection also contains five photographs selected from: The Bronx: Mi Barrio, Mi Orgullo. Photography by Joe Conzo (March 11-July 30, 2010) held at the Centro Library curated by archivists Mario Hugo Ramirez and Pedro Juan Hernandez.


  • 1979-2009


Conditions Governing Access

Open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyrights held by Joe Conzo, Jr.

Biographical / Historical

Joe Conzo, Jr. is a photographer, born and raised in the South Bronx. He grew up around his grandmother, the dynamic South Bronx leader and activist Dr. Evelina López Antonetty and his father, long-time confidant and historian of the late Tito Puente, Joe Conzo, Sr. Conzo is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and acquired his passion for photography at a young age.

Conzo’s photographic work is deeply influenced by a strong legacy of Puerto Rican activism in the South Bronx, as well as the vibrancy of Puerto Rican musical culture in New York. He began his career documenting the urban decay of the South Bronx in the 1960s and '70s. Conzo photographed street parties, concerts, and other gatherings that reflected the innovations in dance, music and fashion that Hip Hop brought to the fore. In addition, he was an astute chronicler of the social and physical context from which Hip Hop arose, with his work including poignant and captivating images of the devastated urban landscape of the South Bronx, as well as the surrounding Puerto Rican community.


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Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Joe Conzo, Jr. is a photographer from the South Bronx, whose photographic work is influenced by the legacy of Puerto Rican activism and musical culture in New York City. The collection consists of photographs of the Committee Against Fort Apache in the 1980s and five photographs from the exhibit The Bronx: Mi Barrio, Mi Orgullo, Photography by Joe Conzo, the Centro Library in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joe Conzo, Jr. and his mother, Lorraine Cortez.

Related Materials

The Joe Conzo, Jr. Archives are held in the Cornell Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University.

Joe Conzo Jr. Photographs Collection
Archive staff members under the supervision of Pedro Juan Hernandez.
September 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Repository

Silberman Building, Hunter College
2180 Third Ave. Rm. 122
New York New York 10065

About the Collections

Our collections consist of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists, writers, as well as the records of community-based organizations. Our largest collection, the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) Records, measures approximately 2,900 cubic feet and contains an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to assist them. The collections date from the 1890s to the present, and document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California and Hawaii.