photo by Colleen Gutwein O’neal

photo by Colleen Gutwein O’neal


CESAR MELGAR
(b.1986)

The dedication for making images began in my working class neighborhood, nestled between The Ironbound and Downtown, in the heart of Newark, New Jersey. Initially, I was drawn to photographing my friends and I, but as a result of skyrocketing rents in NYC, Newark is in line to undergo major corporate reinvestment. With this in mind I turned my lens onto the city's landscape, its objects, and its people, with the concept that the city is going to look drastically different soon. I find therapy in wandering the streets in my home city and beyond, and being equipped with a camera gives me a tool in which to express the way I take in the world.


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