BOOK LIST REVIEW

Vieques Fisherman

Vieques Fisherman

From Booklist Online:

Asi Somos: Who We Are.
López, Ada Nivia (author) and Mark Joseph (author).
Sept. 2016. 180p. illus. Dovewing, hardcover, $60 (9780692285893). 770.
REVIEW. First published October 6, 2016 (Booklist Online).

This completely bilingual photo collection from Chicago-based creators López and Joseph aims to capture the diversity and exuberance of Puerto Rican culture in artful, vibrant images. In her introduction, López invites readers to join this photographic voyage, in the hope that they will see not only those gathered here as subjects, but also themselves, more deeply. Joseph’s photos, which were taken over a decade beginning in the early aughts, show Puerto Rican people in celebration, in love, and in prayer; at work and at play; making music and art; and preparing food. Shot in various locales in Puerto Rico, Chicago, California, Hawaii, and elsewhere in the United States, Joseph’s images play with focus and field depth to display a people in motion. Infants, seniors, and everyone in between can be found in these pages, in bustling cities or surrounded by wild nature, addressing the camera, or in reflection, in profile, or nearly invisible or unaware of the camera’s presence. Following the collection itself, where each giant image is accompanied by a brief, bilingual caption, a paragraph-length description of each photo follows, alongside a thumbnail version. López and Joseph succeed in illustrating the diversity of Puerto Rican people with this reflective, pulsing-with-life collection.— Annie Bostrom