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BRONX BOYS: STEPHEN SHAMES. Martin Dones and Jose "Poncho" Munoz. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2014. 224 pp. with 134 ills. 24 x 18 cm. LC 2014-7311 ISBN 9780292759428 In English.
Publisher's description: A 1977 assignment for Look magazine took Stephen Shames to the Bronx, where he began photographing a group of boys coming of age in what was at the time one of the toughest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. The Bronx boys lived on streets ravaged by poverty, drugs, violence, and gangs in an adolescent "family" they created for protection and companionship. Shames's profound empathy for the boys earned their trust, and over the next two-plus decades, as the crack cocaine epidemic devastated the neighborhood, they allowed him extraordinary access into their lives on the street and in their homes and "crews." Bronx Boys presents an extended photo essay that chronicles the lives of these kids growing up in the Bronx. Shames captures the brutality of the times -- the fights, shootings, arrests, and drug deals -- that eventually left many of the young men he photographed dead or in jail. But he also records the joy and humanity of the Bronx boys, who mature, fall in love, and have children of their own. One young man Shames mentored, Martin Dones, provides riveting details of living in the Bronx and getting caught up in violence and drugs before caring adults helped him turn his life around. Challenging our perceptions of a neighborhood that is too easily dismissed as irredeemable, Bronx Boys shows us that hope can survive on even the meanest streets.
Artist(s):Shames, Stephen
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 161564
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