Protest: Photographs 1963-1995Fernandez, Benedict J
Fernandez (b. 1936) was raised in Spanish Harlem and entered the world of photography with a prize-winning photo taken at a horse show in New Jersey. He honed his skills while working at the Design Laboratory 'a photography class conducted in the studios of famous photographers' and has worked for Magnum photo agency. His photographs cover the world of minorities within a majority culture: protests against racism, segregation, the Vietnam War, even the bikers' world and the society kept by the wealthy. Some of his photographs are well known, images of Martin Luther King shortly before his death and at his funeral and some have been featured in well-known publications. His latest work focuses on the search for his Puerto Rican roots. While Fernandez has mixed with photographers who are better known, he deserves to be better known internationally himself. The catalog of a traveling exhibition of his work, this collection of well-reproduced images should accomplish that. Though the essays are poorly translated, this is still recommended for photojournalism collections. Kathleen Gail Collins, New York Transit Museum Archives, Brooklyn Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.