A New York Times feature captures the experience of photographer Jose Alvarado Jr. when he returned to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria tore through his home island in September 2017. His pictures show the devastating physical effect of the disaster on the community, yet also reveal the incredible strength of the local people left in its wake.
The special place held by Puerto Rico in the story of modern-day New York is in focus at an exhibition of vintage photographs by Arelene Gottfried at the city’s Daniel Cooney Gallery. The works show Gottifried working at the heart of the Puerto Rican community of the Lower East Side during the 1970s and 80s, a place short in wealth but rich in spirit. Read David Gonzalez writing in the New York Times Lens blog about the ‘love and humor’ the images capture and project, and view a selection of the photographs on the Guardian website.