Guys from the Bronx

• Boys from the Bronx

Guys from the Bronx

The gangs, drugs, violence - this was the Bronx, when in 1977 the photographer Steven Shames received from the magazine "the Look" "order for the Bronx." He began photographing teenage boys in one of the poorest districts of the time in the CSHA. After many years of work in the Bronx - the place where there was a constant struggle between good and evil - the photographer published a book with photographs titled "Guys from the Bronx." See unique photographs documenting life in the most dangerous area of ​​New York of those years - in the Bronx.

Guys from the Bronx

Two teenagers wore stockings on their heads to hide their faces during the robbery passers-by on the streets of the Bronx. Bathgate Avenue, 1982.

"The beauty of the Bronx - a terrible beauty - a complex and harsh as the desert beauty. At first glance, it seems that nothing here can not survive. Then you start to notice life around him. People adapt, derive their existence and even well adapted to the urban landscape in the moonlight to a fast enjoyment and false hopes. Sometimes Bronx scares me. And sometimes I feel at home here. My photos reflect the wild vitality and hope to these young guys. The main game is being waged between good and evil, love and violence, the family and chaos ", - writes about the Bronx photographer Stephen Shames, who photographing its inhabitants from 1977 to 2000, has created a unique portrait of the district.

Guys from the Bronx

Teenage boys climbed over the fence at night to jump into the public pool. 1984.

While the streets of the Bronx were poor, it was full of drugs, violence and gang warfare. Young guys acquainted, organized "gangs", which became their families because these families have never been. Gang members have always been able to rely on mutual aid and protection on the part of associates, which have never received from their families.

Guys from the Bronx

13-year-old Rafael jumps across rooftops from one building to another, but a height of 8-th floor. 1977.

Empathy, which felt the guys from the Bronx when dealing with the photographer, earned him their respect and trust. This allowed him to document the lives of these children for two decades: in the streets and in their homes.

Guys from the Bronx

A young man with a gun (imitation), left his little son and a couple of teenagers kissing on a bench nearby. 1985.

Published by University of Texas Press book "Guys from the Bronx" is a collection of black and white photographs taken by Stephen Shames in the Bronx in the 1977-2000 years. 123-x frame photograph captures the brutality of the time - beating, shooting, arrests and drug trafficking. Many of the characters of his photographs were jailed or killed.

Guys from the Bronx

16-year-old "Poncho" and his girlfriend, 1991. The photographer was able to capture, and the good that was in his heroes: their humanity, happiness, when they grew up, fell in love, and when they have children of their own appeared. Contrary to the opinion, which was common at the time, when it was done most of the photos from the series "Guys from the Bronx", that this area can not be saved, the work of the photographer shows that hope and redemption are possible everywhere.

Guys from the Bronx

Martin and "Poncho" during a party on the occasion of a friend's birthday. Many years later, they will write an introduction and afterword to the book "The guys from the Bronx" by Stephen Shames.

The main characters of the book by Stephen Shames - is Martin Dones and Jose "Poncho" Munoz - guys from the Bronx. They were lucky - they survived and managed to build a normal life. Both have achieved success in business, they have families and children. Both emphasize that their familiarity with the photographer and his concern to help them change their lives.

Guys from the Bronx

District residents play dominoes, 1985.

"Steve has always encouraged me to go to school", - says Jose Muñoz in the afterword of the book.

Guys from the Bronx

The teenager with a rifle M-16, 1985.

Guys from the Bronx

Morning in 1989 or 1991: 10-year-old boy is sleeping on the fire escape. He slept there all night.

Guys from the Bronx

Dealer sells crack (crack - cocaine is in a crystalline form) in the middle of the street, in front of the house, sitting on the steps that mothers with small children, and (1987 or 1988).

Guys from the Bronx

Martin and his girlfriend in 1984 or 1985.

Guys from the Bronx

Two teenagers in Mexican hats drink at the club Batgate Avenue, 1984.

Guys from the Bronx

motorcycle gang members "Claremont" in his club on Tremont Street. Man showing bare chest of his girlfriend, 1979.

Guys from the Bronx

The boy shows pictures of all known offensive gesture. 1982.

Guys from the Bronx

Teenager helps his 15-year-old friend to inject heroin.

Guys from the Bronx

A pair of teenagers kissing on a ladder in August 1982.

Guys from the Bronx

The man let smoke rings, and standing next to the boy. 1980.

Guys from the Bronx

13-year-old Martin is trying to meet with a girl on Decatur Avenue in 1982. It was he who many years later would write the introduction to the book by Stephen Shames of the guys from the Bronx.

Guys from the Bronx

The guys from the Bronx stand at the entrance to the local club.

Guys from the Bronx

Poncho "and Tony are cooled with water from a fire hydrant on a hot summer night in the Bronx in 1987 or 1988.

Stephen Shames has published eight books with photographs, his pictures are in many collections and galleries in the United States. Exhibitions of his works took place around the world, including in the UK, China, Czech Republic and France.