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PHOTOGRAPHER: JOSÉ ANGEL SANTANA

 

 

I WAS BORN IN HAVANA, CUBA, AND  GREW UP IN UNION CITY, NEW JERSEY WITH  MY PARENTS ALICIA AND ANGEL SANTANA, AND MY BROTHER ROBERTO LUIS SANTANA.

I AM MARRIED TO MARISOL SANTANA, WITH WHOM I OFTEN TEACH "MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING" WORKSHOPS IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE.

I AM AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF FILM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS.   

IN 2015, I BEGAN DOCUMENTING PEOPLE WHO SEEMED OBLIVIOUS TO THEIR SURROUNDINGS WHILE ATTENDING TO THEIR SMARTPHONE DEVICES. I DID THIS TO TRY AND UNDERSTAND THE EFFECTS OF 'SMARTPHONE BEHAVIOR' ON HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING. THE PROJECT CAME TO ITS CULMINATION WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ITS SIMULTANEITY WITH GEORGE FLOYD’S MURDER. 

IN RETROSPECT, 2015 - 2020 MAY HAVE BEEN THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL YEARS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. 

THANK YOU FOR VISITING. 

JOSÉ ANGEL SANTANA