From the earliest days of Hip Hop in the South Bronx to marches in defense of Bronx and Puerto Rican pride, Joe Conzo, Jr. has been there to document it. Starting as a teenaged photographer at South Bronx High School, Conzo became the official photographer to the Cold Crush Brothers, a trailblazing group whose musical influence is still being felt.
True to his family roots, he also devoted his considerable talents to documenting both the giants of Latin music and the activists who defending the city’s Puerto Rican community. His grandmother was Dr. Evelina Antonetty, the founder of United Bronx Parents, and his father, Joe Sr., was Tito’s Puente’s confidant and archivist.
He continues to document the Hip Hop and Latin music scenes in New York, where he as had several exhibits. He is also the author of “Born in the Bronx,” which showcases his early work. An Emergency Medical Technician with the Fire Department, he is also active in the EMTs labor union.