The Photography of George Rodriguez
with text by Josh Kun
Hat & Beard, 2018.
slightly faded near spine.
The career of photographer George Rodriguez reveals a visual history of Los Angeles that spans over 45 years. Born and raised in South L.A., he has documented some of the most important struggles in the city’s history: the East Los Angeles Student Walkouts, the Chicano Moratorium, and the United Farm Workers movement, alongside others. Through his work in the television, recording, and film industries, he has photographed stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Jim Morrison, and more. A student of Sid Avery and a contemporary of Dennis Hopper, Rodriguez was often the first Latino photographer in the room at a time when his own rights were on the line. His first career retrospective, Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez, was released by Hat & Beard Press in April 2018, edited by scholar and MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun. Containing many never-before-published photographs from his vast personal archive, the volume reveals Rodriguez as one of the great visual documentarians of Los Angeles and Mexican-American life.