East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A.
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East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A.

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In his interview, Luis Rodríguez explains that the demonization and false glorification of gang life has done much disservice to the termination of gang activity, activity which he defines as "90% boredom." What's the key to reducing gang violence and improving inner-city lives? To the dissolution of jail time as a right of passage? Part of the solution lies in providing b...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by powerHouse Books (first published March 1998)
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Genre: Photojournalism
Age: Middle and above
characters: various young men and families from East L.A. and south central
Setting: East L.A. and South Central
POV: From the photojournalist and from the individuals photographed

East Side Stories is a photobook filled with photography, essays, and interviews. It is split 50/50 between text and photography. The photographer, Joseph Rodriguez, spent 1992-1995 documenting and hanging out with the people of East L.A. and South Central neighborho...more
A different and intriguing perspective on gangs told in essays, diary, and photography. While I think the authors were a bit too quick to paint society as the perpetrator of gangs and the overemphasize the prevalence of "misunderstood" gangsters, I did appreciate the stories that took a look at the family perspective. I see a lot of the same traits mirrored in some of my own students, who come from similar backgrounds. The more I get to know about them, the more I want to help them out - which w...more
Matt Eckel
Photobook in beautiful black & white. Interesting interview with Luis Rodriguez, author of "Always Running."
The stories and the photographs paint a vivid and heartbreaking picture of gang life.
Sam "The Record Man"
A beautiful and stark portrait of life in East L.A.'s gangs.
Jennifer Marie Cambra
Photojournalism at it's finest.
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