Hola Cultura is pleased to present the photos of Rick Reinhard.
Late community leader Carlos Rosario is pictured on the far right in this shot taken on Columbia Road NW at the annual Hispanic Festival and parade. September 1981.
A 25-year-old undocumented construction worker from El Salvador was the Grand Marshall of the 17th Annual Hispanic Festival and Parade that took place on July 26, 1987
A contestant performs in the annual music festival and contest sponsored by the Centro de Arte. Behind her is one of the many murals created by artists at the Centro. March 1985
Quique Aviles and Michelle Banks, co-founders of the Latinegro theatre group, in a promotional portrait shot outside the Centro de Arte. Latinegro worked on issues relating to and dividing Washington’s Latino and African American residents, especially youth. March 1992
BELOW: Demonstrators on Mt. Pleasant St. NW on the night after a police shooting that sparked the 1991 Mount Pleasant riots, A.K.A. “los disturbios” (left). Community leaders and friars from Sacred Heart church link arms and march down Mt. Pleasant St. NW (right). Both photos shot May 6, 1991.
“Voter=Power” placard held by an activist during the fifth anniversary march commemorating the Mt. Pleasant disturbances. May 5, 1996
Rick Reinhard has been photographing the Washington Hispanic community since shortly after he arrived in the District in 1970 to teach math at Cardozo High School. He had just completed a stint in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as a Peace Corps volunteer. It was “a totally life changing” experience, he says, that sparked his affinity for Hispanic culture and social justice causes ever since. His interest in photography also began in Honduras, where he used a simple Kodak Instamatic camera. Eventually he bought better equipment and taught himself with the assistance of a number of personal mentors. His photographs have been published many places including the Washington Post, the New York Times Week in Review and the Village Voice. He’s also worked on assignment for universities, hospitals, think tanks and labor unions, as well as social justice groups. Photos © Rick Reinhard. Photo of Rick by Willa Reinhard.