Joseph Rodriguez is a New York-based freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Marie Claire, GQ, Jane, Ebony, Mother Jones, Newsweek, American Photo, B&W, and Stern, and been shown in exhibitions at the Philadelphia African American Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, and the International Center of Photography, among others. He has published numerous books, including Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City (PowerHouse Books, 2006), Juvenile (PowerHouse Books, 2004), The New Americans (New Press, 2004), and East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A. (PowerHouse Books, 1998).
Rodriguez is the recipient of awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, Alicia Patterson Fellowship, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 1999, he was awarded a Soros Justice Media Fellowship, and he was included in the Open Society Institute's Moving Walls exhibit in 2000. Rodriguez teaches at New York University and the International Center of Photography.