'We're all people' by Joseph Rodriguez

september 2024 - march 2025
From September 2024, Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof will show a retrospective exhibition by American photographer Joseph Rodriguez (Brooklyn, New York, US). Within the international photography world, his extensive oeuvre is considered important and impressive. This exhibition includes 80 works. It's his first European retrospective. All his projects share the same common thread: everyday struggles in the lives of often marginalized groups of people.

Joseph Rodriguez is a documentary photographer and has studied at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center for Photography, both in New York. He says about his work: “As a documentary photographer, I often photograph people who live at the bottom of society according to the norm. I hope that my work can provide insight into the lives of this group of people and that it can contribute to mutual understanding.” 

Together with guest curator Bene Taschen from Cologne, a selection was made around the following projects by Rodriguez: Taxi, East Side Stories, Spanish Harlem, Juvenile and LAPD. These projects show Rodriguez's development as a photographer and provide a fascinating insight into the United States in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

One of Joseph Rodriguez friends is Jamel Shabazz, who exhibited in the Fotomuseum in Maastricht in 2020. They share a special past. Both know Rikers Island prison in New York well. One as an inmate (Rodriguez), the other as a guard (Shabazz). During his stay in Maastricht, Rodriguez will start an unusual photography project with young prisoners from the prison in Sittard (NL). The museum will also set up a side program, more information about this will follow soon.