Joe Conzo, Jr. photographs and ephemera, 1977-present.
Collection Number: 8091

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Joe Conzo, Jr. photographs and ephemera, 1977-present.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
8091
Abstract:
Collection includes photographic film negatives, 4x6 and 8x10 prints, proof and contact sheets, large format finished prints, and associated ephemera. Many of the images have been digitized and arrived on hard drives.
Creator:
Conzo, Joe, Jr.
Conzo, Joe, Jr.
Cornell University Library Hip-Hop Collection
Quanitities:
.6 cubic feet.
4.1 terabytes.
Language:
Collection material in English

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Joe Conzo, Jr. is an American photographer, born in the Bronx, New York City in 1963. In 1978, while attending South Bronx High School, Conzo became friends with members of the Cold Crush Brothers, an important and influential early Hip Hop group which included DJs Charlie Chase and Tony Tone and MCs Grandmaster Caz, JDL, Easy AD, and Almighty KayGee. Conzo became the group's personal photographer, documenting their live performances at the T-Connection, Disco Fever, Harlem World, the Ecstasy Garage, and the Hoe Avenue Boy's Club. He also took pictures of other Hip Hop artists and groups, including The Treacherous 3, The Fearless 4, and The Fantastic 5. As a result, he captured some of the earliest images of Hip Hop culture, along with every day street scenes and Latin music performances and events between 1977 and 1984. Joe Conzo is currently a Medical Technician with the New York City Fire Department, and is active in leadership of the EMTs labor union. He continues to photograph Hip Hop and other music performers both nationally and internationally.

INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:

Joe Conzo, Jr. photographs and ephemera, #8091. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Associated online resource: call number TR654.C66.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection includes photographic film negatives, 4x6 and 8x10 prints, proof and contact sheets, large format finished prints, and associated ephemera. Many of the images have been digitized and arrived on hard drives.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Conzo, Joe, Jr. -- : Photograph collections.
Subjects:
Hip-hop dance.
Disc jockeys.
Rap musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Hip-hop -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works.
Hip-hop -- United States -- History.

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Series I. Photographs
Large Format Prints - Cold Crush Brothers
Box 9
Easy A.D. & Tony Tone
1981
Scope and Contents
Posed Studio Shot, taken at United Bronx Parents
Box 9
Tony Tone and Kool Herc at T-Connection
1979
Two copies
Scope and Contents
Tony Tone and Kool Herc posing with crossed arms backstage at T-Connection
Framed Item 12
Tony Tone at T-Connection
1979
Scope and Contents
Tony Tone looking through record crates
Box 9
Cold Crush Brothers T-Connection
1979
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush Brothers on stage
Box 9
Cold Crush Brothers
1980
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush Brothers posing on the street
Box 9
Fans of the Cold Crush Brothers vs. Fantastic Romantic 5 battle, Harlem World
1981
Scope and Contents
Three Fans with Cold Crush shirts at the famous 1981 battle between Cold Crush and the Fantastic Romantic Five.
Box 9
Cold Crush Brothers at Hoe Ave. Boys Club
1981
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush strike a humorous pose on stage
Box 9
DJ Charlie Chase Norman Thomas H.S.
1981
Scope and Contents
Charlie Chase with Tony Tone behind table with DJ equipment and record crates. In the background you see a rope separating the 'stage' from the crowd in the high school gym.
Box 9
Cold Crush Brothers at Wild Style shoot, Dixie Club.
1981
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush Bros. performing at Dixie Club while being filmed for Charlie Ahearn's film Wild Style.
Box 9
Cold Crush Bros. and Fantastic Romantic 5 Wild Style rehearsal
1981
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush Bros. and Fantastic Romantic 5 rehearsing for the basketball court scene in Charlie Ahearn's film Wild Style. The basketball court was located at either Ryer Ave. and 182nd Street in the Bronx or at Intermediate School 115 (Morris Ave. and 184th).
Box 9
Tony Tone, Afrika Bambaataa & Busy Bee at Bronx River, Zulu anniversary
1981
Scope and Contents
Tony Tone in foreground with visible turn tables and microphone, and Afrika Bambaataa and Busy Bee in background.
Box 9
Cold Crush Fever
1981
Two copies
Scope and Contents
Collage of Cold Crush photos with text: "Cold Crush Fever is here! Catch it now."
Box 9
Charlie Chase and Tony Tone
1982
Scope and Contents
The two Cold Crush DJs posing on street with crossed arms.
Box 9
Almighty Kaygee & Disco King Mario (R.I.P) at Club Negril, N.Y.C.
1982
Scope and Contents
Kaygee stands in front of crowd, with Pioneering DJ Disco King Mario visible in crowd.
Box 9
J.D.L at Club Negril
1982
Scope and Contents
J.D.L performing on stage.
Box 9
J.D.L., Harlem World
1982
Two copies
Scope and Contents
J.D.L smoking a joint in front of the Harlem World mural. Taken at the Treacherous Three Anniversary, 1982 or 1983.
Box 9
Grand Master Caz, J.D.L. and Kaygee at Harlem World
1982
Scope and Contents
Caz and Kaygee laughing as J.D.L goofs around at the Treacherous Three Anniversary, 1982 (or 1983?)
Box 9
Grand Master Caz Norman Thomas H.S. Senior boat ride
1982
Scope and Contents
From Cold Crush performance on the Norman Thomas High School senior trip to Bear Mountain on the Hudson River Day Line. (This line was later bought by the Circle Line).
Box 9
Cold Crush Brothers and Treacherous Three
1982
Scope and Contents
Members of Cold Crush Bros. and Treacherous Three posing in front of crowd on Day Line Boat. Norman Thomas H.S. Senior boat ride
Box 9
Tony Tone and [Easy] A.D. at Norman Thomas H.S
1982
Scope and Contents
Tony Tone and Easy A.D. posing on stage.
Framed Item 1
Almighty Kaygee, Harlem World
1982
Scope and Contents
Kay Gee throwing rolled up flyers/photos into the crowd. At the Harlem World Easter Show.
Framed Item 2
Grand Master Caz, J.D.L. and Kaygee at Harlem World
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 3
Cold Crush Brothers
1980
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 4
Grand Master Caz Norman Thomas H.S. Senior boat ride
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 5
Charlie Chase and Tony Tone
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 6
Easy A.D. & Tony Tone
1981
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 7
Cold Crush Brothers and Treacherous Three
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 9
J.D.L at Club Negril
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 10
Tony Tone, Afrika Bambaataa & Busy Bee at Bronx River, Zulu anniversary
1981
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Framed Item 11
Almighty Kaygee & Disco King Mario (R.I.P) at Club Negril, N.Y.C.
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Large Format Prints - Bronx, N.Y. Scenes
Box 9
Charlotte Street, Bronx
1977
Scope and Contents
South Bronx devastation-- Rubble-filled vacant lot with buildings and large Puerto Rican flag in background
Box 9
Boo Boo, South Bronx
1978
Scope and Contents
Boy standing in large puddle with skateboard
Box 9
South Bronx
1977
Two copies
Scope and Contents
Boy sitting on street with graffiti in background
Box 9
South Bronx
1979
Scope and Contents
Vacant lot behind abandoned buildings
Framed Item 13
South Bronx
1979
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
Box 9
Crotona Park, Bronx
1980
Scope and Contents
Girl in crowd waving at camera
Box 9
Treacherous Three, Norman Thomas H.S.
1981
Scope and Contents
Treacherous Three posing in front of high school bleachers
Box 9
Busy Bee at Bronx River, Zulu Nation Anniversary
1981
Scope and Contents
Busy Bee on stage
Box 9
Loose Bruce with Crazy Legs in background, Club Negril
1982
Scope and Contents
Three B-Boys (Shack Crew? Harlem World Crew?) dancing in front of crowd. Crazy Legs is visible in the background watching the performance.
Framed Item 8
Loose Bruce with Crazy Legs in background, Club Negril
1982
Scope and Contents
Framed duplicate
8 x 10 Prints - Modern, Reprints
Box 10 Folder 1
Cold Crush Brothers, South Bronx High School
1980
8 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush performing at the 1980 South Bronx High School prom. This was Joe Conzo's prom.
Box 10 Folder 2
Cold Crush Brothers, Harlem World
1981-1982
15 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush posing in suits in front of Harlem World mural
Box 10 Folder 3
Cold Crush Brothers, Harlem World
1981-1982
Inscribed "To Johan - Thanks for everything! Joe Conzo 2004"
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush lined up posing in suits in front of Harlem World mural
Box 10 Folder 4
J.D.L. and Grandmaster Caz, Harlem World
1981
Scope and Contents
J.D.L. and Caz (in Rick James-style leather outfit) sharing a microphone onstage
Box 10 Folder 5
Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, Harlem World
1981
Scope and Contents
Kool Moe Dee and Caz in the crowd at Harlem World
Box 10 Folder 6
J.D.L., Harlem World
1982
Scope and Contents
J.D.L smoking a joint in front of the Harlem World mural. Taken at the Treacherous Three Anniversary, 1982 or 1983.
Box 10 Folder 7
Cold Crush Brothers, Harlem World
1981
Scope and Contents
Easy A.D., Kaygee, and [J.D.L.?] raising their arms in the air with their backs to the crowd
Box 10 Folder 8
Printouts of photos from disc entitled "Tony Tone polaroids"
1979
Scope and Contents
Color photos of Tony Tone and others, possibly taken by Angelo King
Box 11
Cold Crush Brothers and South Bronx
1979-1981
11x14 prints
Scope and Contents
Various prints depicting Cold Crush Brothers performances and shots of the South Bronx
8 x 10 Prints - Contemporary to original photo date
Box 11
South Bronx
1978
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Broken fire hydrant and empty bottle of malt liquor
Box 11
Joe Conzo - Self Portrait/Lighting Experiment
1979
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Posed shot of Joe holding flashbulbs with a hat covering his face
Box 11
Paul Newman
March 24, 1980
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Paul Newman chasing Joe and other protestors off of the set of the film Fort Apache, The Bronx. This was Joe's first published photograph; it appeared in the New York Post, March 25 1980. The film set was located at Eagle Ave. and Westchester Ave. in the Bronx. Community activists were protesting the film's negative depiction of minorities and of the Bronx in general. This print is accompanied by a mounted photocopy of the New York Post article with note from "Reyes II" of the UBP (United Bronx Parents) Photography Workshop congratulating Joe on its publication.
Box 11
Vigil for John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, Central Park
December 9, 1980
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Mourners for John Lennon holding hands
Box 11
Ben Gazzara at a protest of Fort Apache: The Bronx, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
1980
Mounted
Two copies
Scope and Contents
The actor Ben Gazzara and an unidentified woman photographed outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during a protest of the film Fort Apache, The Bronx.
Box 11
Subway platform, Prospect Ave. and Westchester Ave.
1981
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Man reading a newspaper while waiting for the train at the Prospect Ave. subway stop in the Bronx
Box 11
Rachel
1981
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Portrait of Rachel; the back of her sister Abigail's head is also visible.
Box 11
Sonia
1981
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Posed shot of Sonia
Box 11
Empty matte board
1981
Scope and Contents
Matte board from which a mounted photograph has been removed.
Box 11
Evelina
1984
Mounted
Box 11
Three children
1983
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Portrait of three children
Box 11
Jeanette "Chiquita" Otero
1981
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Portrait of three children
Box 11
Portrait
1984
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Portrait of unidentified woman
Box 10 Folder 9
Tony Tone, LA Sunshine, and Grandmaster Caz, Harlem World
July 3, 1981
Signed on the front by Tony Tone, LA Sunshine, and Grandmaster Caz; dated on the back "July 3, 1981: Battle"
Scope and Contents
Tony Tone and Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers pose with LA Sunshine of the Treacherous Three
Box 10 Folder 10
Cold Crush Brothers, South Bronx High School
1981
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush Brothers and the audience at the South Bronx High School gym
Box 10 Folder 11
Inside the Botanica
1981
Scope and Contents
Clerk behind the counter inside Botanica -- a store that sold religious supplies (rosaries, candles, etc.)
Box 10 Folder 13
Cold Crush Brothers Studio Shot
1982
Caption in red marker: These are the eighties and it [sic] all about C.C.: Cold Crush!!
Scope and Contents
Posed picture of Cold Crush in suits
Box 10 Folder 14
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
1982
Scope and Contents
Posed studio shot of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; photographer unknown. Sugarhill Records publicity photo.
Box 10 Folder 12
Kurtis Blow and Melle Mel
1983
Note in red marker on back reads "Marie Moore, Amsterdam New, 2340 8th Ave., 5th Flr - By [Hard?]". Blue pen note reads "Grandmaster Flash"; possibly Flash's signature.
Scope and Contents
Kurtis Blow and Melle Mel looking at a magazine article on Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, possibly at the Amsterdam New, 2340 8th Ave, 4th floor. Photograph by Gary Gershoff.
Box 10 Folder 14
5 Additions
1983
Box 3 Folder 1
8 x 10" photographs
Undated
Box 3 Folder 2
8 x 10" photographs
Undated
Box 3 Folder 3
Mounted and assorted sizes
1981
4 x 6 Prints - Cold Crush Brothers
Box 12 Folder 1
Cold Crush Brothers and fans at T-Connection
1979
17 prints
Scope and Contents
Early Joe Conzo photos of Cold Crush-- possibly the first. Also several shots of people from the audience (friends of Joe Conzo); one shot of Tony Tone with his mother; one shot of Cold Crush's DJ equipment.
Box 12 Folder 2
Roseland Ballroom
1980
6 prints
Scope and Contents
The Fearless Four onstage; Money Ray, Joe Conzo, Easy A.D. and friends in the audience.
Box 12 Folder 3
Cold crush Brothers, South Bronx H.S.
1980
15 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush performance at South Bronx High School in 1980 with additional pictures of the Treacherous 3, Kool Moe Dee, Cracker Jack of the Casanova Crew, and King. A photograph from this show was used (without permission) in the film CB4.
Box 12 Folder 4
Cold Crush Brothers, South Bronx H.S. Prom
1980
17 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush performing at the 1980 South Bronx High School prom. Joe Conzo, Easy A.D., and Tony Tone attended South Bronx HS; this was Joe's prom.
Box 12 Folder 5
Cold Crush van ride (Tony Tone's van) upstate NY
1980
9 prints
Scope and Contents
Joe Conzo, Cold Crush Brothers, Nana (Tony Tone's cousin), King (Tony Tone's brother), Money Ray, and [Kool Moe Dee], driving upstate in Tony Tone's van. Joe claims that Kool Moe Dee was not present in the van, so we are waiting for identification on the last individual.
Box 12 Folder 6
Cold Crush, Skate Palace (onstage)
1981
17 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush performance at the Skatin' Palace in 1981.
Box 12 Folder 7
Cold Crush, Skate Palace (backstage)
1981
5 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush backstage at the Skatin' Palace, 1981.
Box 12 Folder 8
Cold Crush and Loose Bruce, Club Negril's
1981
23 prints
Scope and Contents
Shots of Cold Crush performing and some shots of b-boy Loose Bruce dancing. Before Cold Crush J.D.L. and Grand Master Caz performed together as the Notorious Two. There are several silhouette shots of Caz and J.D.L. together in this group, and though this is a Cold Crush performance, Joe Conzo refers to these photos in this group as shots of the Notorious Two.
Box 12 Folder 9
Charlie Chase, Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Mixer DST, Kips Bay Boys Club
1981
1 prints
Scope and Contents
Charlie Chase, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grand Mixer DST at the Kips Bay Boys Club, 1981.
Box 12 Folder 10
Cold Crush, Electricians' Hall (Amityville, Long Island)
1981
1 prints
Box 12 Folder 11
Cold Crush at the Fever (167th and Jerome)
1981
12 prints
Box 12 Folder 12
Cold Crush Harlem World Easter Show
1981
50 prints
Scope and Contents
This group of photos is a very detailed recording of the 1981 performance of Cold Crush at Harlem World. Shots from this show are identifiable because of the use of a smoke machine onstage.
Box 12 Folder 13
Cold Crush and the Treacherous Three, Norman Thomas H.S
1981
9 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush and the Treacherous Three perform at Norman Thomas High School in 1981. Also several posed shots of both groups in front of the gym bleachers.
Box 12 Folder 14
Cold Crush upstairs at Harlem World
1981
12 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush rehearsing upstairs at Harlem World before a show in 1981.
Box 12 Folder 15
Cold Crush, Hoe Ave. Boys Club
1981
6 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush performance at Roosevelt H.S. with pictures of crowd and members.
Box 12 Folder 16
Cold Crush Brothers and Fantastic Romantic Five 'Wild Style' Rehearsals
1981
13 prints
Scope and Contents
The Cold Crush Brothers and Fantastic Romantic 5 rehearsing for Charlie Ahearn's film 'Wild Style' basketball court scene. The basketball court was located at either Ryer Ave. and 182nd Street in the Bronx OR at Intermediate School 115 (Morris Ave. and 184th). Some shots focus on Kevie Kev and Whipper Whip (of the Fantastic Five); Charlie Ahearn and Fab Five Freddy are also visible.
Box 12 Folder 17
Cold Crush Brothers and Charlie Ahearn signing the 'Wild Style' contract, Dixie Club
1981
8 prints
Scope and Contents
Cold Crush and Charlie Ahearn sign the contract for Ahearn's film Wild Style.
Box 12 Folder 18
Cold Crush Brothers Hoe Ave Boys Club
1981
22 prints
Box 12 Folder 19
Cold Crush Brothers and Fantastic Romantic Five battle, Harlem World
1981
13 prints
Scope and Contents
Pictures of the Cold Crush Brothers performance in the famous battle with the Fantastic Romantic Five.
Box 12 Folder 20
Cold Crush Brothers, South Bronx High School
1981
2 prints
Box 12 Folder 21
Zulu Nation Anniversary, Bronx River
1981
4 prints
Scope and Contents
Tony Tone, DJ Red Alert, J.D.L., Grand Master Caz, Mr. Biggs (of the Soul Sonic Force) and Busy Bee at the 1981 Zulu Nation Anniversary.
Box 12 Folder 22
Cold Crush Portraits
1981
3 prints
Scope and Contents
Three portrait photos taken on Prospect Ave. and 156th street in the Bronx.
Box 12 Folder 23
Cold Crush Brothers studio portraits
1981
101 prints
Scope and Contents
A large number of posed group, solo, and duo shots of the Cold Crush Brothers. These portraits were taken in a makeshift studio in the back room of United Bronx Parents in the Bronx.
Box 12 Folder 24
Cold Crush Brothers, Harlem World
1981-1982
35 prints
Scope and Contents
Posed and performance shots of Cold Crush Brothers (in suits)
Box 12 Folder 25
Cold Crush Brothers, Harlem World
1982
24 prints
Scope and Contents
Wide shots of the stage during a Cold Crush performance at Harlem World
Box 12 Folder 26
Norman Thomas High School Senior Boat Ride
1982
6 prints
Scope and Contents
From Cold Crush performance on the Norman Thomas High School senior trip to Bear Mountain on the Hudson River Day Line. (This line was later bought by the Circle Line). Also included: one shot of LA Sunshine (of the Treacherous Three) with members of Cold Crush; several shots of students/audience on boat
Box 12 Folder 27
Treacherous Three Anniversary - Cold Crush Brothers, Jazzy Ace and D-Ski, Wayne and Charlie; Harlem World
1982-1983
39 prints
Scope and Contents
Shots of performances by Cold Crush, Jazzy Ace and D-Ski, and hip hop ventriloquist act Wayne and Charlie at the Treacherous Three anniversary in either 1982 or 1983. Also: two pictures of Tony Tone's brother King in the crowd.
Box 12 Folder 28
Cold Crush - Wild Style Filming, Dixie Club,
1981
3 prints
Scope and Contents
These pictures show the filming of a scene for Wild Style. The film crew is visible in the crowd.
4 x 6 Prints - Bronx, N.Y. Scenes
Box 13 Folder 1
United Bronx Parents Picnic
1978-1979
17 prints
Scope and Contents
Photos of unidentified individuals from a UBP picnic in 1978. Also one picture of Joe's girlfriend Teresa.
Box 13 Folder 2
Fort Apache: The Bronx' Protest
March 24th, 1980
5 prints
Scope and Contents
Paul Newman chasing Joe and other protestors off of the set of the film Fort Apache, The Bronx. This was Joe's first published photograph; it appeared in the New York Post, March 25 1980. The film set was located at Eagle Ave. and Westchester Ave. in the Bronx. Community activists were protesting the film's negative depiction of minorities and of the Bronx in general.
Box 13 Folder 3
Tito Puente and Machito outdoor performance
1980
15 prints
Scope and Contents
Photos of Tito Puente and Machito on stage outdoors in the Bronx. Several photos of Tito and Machito performing, some shots of the crowd, and two photos of filmmaker Carlos Ortiz and his film crew. Ortiz was one of Joe Conzo's mentors, and directed a documentary about Machito.
Box 13 Folder 4
Vigil for John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, Central Park
December 9, 1980
1 prints
Scope and Contents
Two young girls mourning John Lennon in Central Park
Box 13 Folder 5
Mean Machine' outdoor event, 3rd Ave Hub
1981
32 prints
Scope and Contents
Photos of Mean Machine during an outdoor event sponsored by the radio station 92 KTV at the 3rd Ave Hub in the Bronx. The photos include a few pictures of the group onstage, but most are of individuals in the audience.
Box 13 Folder 6
Government Cheese handout, United Bronx Parents
1982
12 prints
Scope and Contents
Residents of the Bronx waiting in line to pick up free government cheese at United Bronx Parents.
Box 13 Folder 7
South Bronx Photography
1978-1979
52 prints
Scope and Contents
Photos of various locations in the Bronx in various locations, particularly along Prospect Avenue above 149th St. Some of the photos depict early graffiti and street art. Many street portraits of unidentified individuals. One print depicts a 1978 protest of funding cuts for sports programs in South Bronx high schools. One shot of a vacant lot at Westchester Ave. and Brook Ave. was used as the cover image for the book Next Stop: Growing Up Wild Style by Ivan Sanchez (Touchstone, 2008).
Box 13 Folder 8
South Bronx Street Scenes
1979
49 prints
Scope and Contents
Photos of everyday street scenes scattered all over the Bronx. Photos depicting stores, street vendors, people walking, and children playing. There are also several shots of a film crew working on an unidentified documentary.
Box 13 Folder 9
South Bronx Street Scenes
1981-1983
13 prints
Scope and Contents
These photos depict demolished buildings and vacant lots-- the devastation of the South Bronx. Also included are photos from the Cloisters in Manhattan, Lincoln Hospital, and the 1981 or 1982 Puerto Rican Day parade.
Box 13 Folder 10
Joe Conzo Portraits
1976-1983
74 prints
Scope and Contents
This roll includes Joe's earliest black and white shots-- pictures of his classmates at Junior H.S 149 from 1976. Also included are pictures of Joe's girlfriend Teresa and her nieces, Joe's girlfriend Maria, Abigail and Rachel (two sisters from the Bronx), Sonya, Tiny and Herman (Tiny is the daughter of Carmen Arroyo, the first Hispanic woman in NY assembly), Sandy Santiago and Dr. Sporano from Lincoln Hospital, Carlos, Cappy, Roseann Pascale (a college friend of Joe's who now produces the television show Miami Ink), David, and several unidentified children from the South Bronx. The last photo in this group is two unidentified individuals who may have been radio DJs; they seem to be in a radio station or record store.
Box 13 Folder 11
United Bronx Parents Portraits
1979-1981
11 prints
Scope and Contents
These portraits are of various people in or outside the office of United Bronx Parents including. Named individuals include Reuben and Yvette, Evelina Antonetty (Founder of U.B.P. and Joe Conzo's grandmother), and Donald Antonetty. There are also several color shots from a UBP party in 1976, including a shot of two vendors who provided food for a summer lunch program.
Box 13 Folder 12
Joe Conzo personal photos
1978-1982
67 prints
Scope and Contents
These photos depict places and people from Joe Conzo's life in the late 1970s and early 1980s. There are several self-portraits, photos of his son Angel's baptism, his ex-wife Gina Martinez, his first car (a 1976 Chevy Malibu), his cat, his apartment, Lorraine Montenegro (Joe's mother) and her boyfriend Sailor, a basement clubhouse that he shared with his friends, Joe's girlfriend Doris, Joe's family members Donnie (uncle), Eric Kane (brother), Lorraine Montenegro (mother), and Anita (aunt), Joe and friends at Coney Island, Joe's "wedding" to an unknown woman in 1981, Joe and Rolando Arroyo (son of Carmen Arroyo) at Michelangelo Apartments in 1980, and one photo from the South Bronx High School 1980 senior trip to a dude ranch in upstate New York. There are also several self-portraits (including one taken at the studio of Tom Rose Joe's mentor, at Riverside and 92nd St. in Manhattan). Also included are some of Joe's lighting experiments.
Box 13 Folder 13
Contact Sheets
1976-1983
35 prints
Scope and Contents
The contact sheets are numbered 1-35, but the photos are in no particular order on them. Joe's negatives were kept in a box in his grandmother's house for several years, and they were not organized before the 4x6 prints were developed.
Box 3 Folder 4
Hip Hop Doc - Kool Moe Dee
Undated
Box 3 Folder 5
Latin Music Friends
Undated
Box 3 Folder 6
Joey's Early Photographs
Undated
Box 3 Folder 7
Joey, Family, and Friends
Undated
Box 3 Folder 8
Miscellaneous
Undated
Series II. Contact Sheets, Negatives, and Slides
1976-1985
File subjects are listed out for contact sheets and negatives as labeled by Joe Conzo. Numerous unlabeled sheets are included in each case and are not listed out in the guide.
Most contact sheets have been scanned and are available through ARTstor's Shared Shelf Commons. Item ID number ranges for each case are listed out where applicable.
Negatives closed for research, access to those materials is available through the digital collection.
Case A
1979-1982
Box 1
"Negrils" CC4 Rock St. Crew
Undated
Box 1
Easter Sunday - Harlem World
Undated
Box 1
Beau's Restaurant (Farewell to Charlie)
1980-01-14
Box 1
General shots urban
Undated
Box 1
T-Connection
1979
Box 1
Norman Thomas H.S. boat ride - Harlem World
Undated
Box 1
Harlem World
Undated
Box 1
Amityville LI
1982
Box 1
Third Avenue Festival
Undated
Box 1
Boys' Club
Undated
Box 1
Studio Shoot
Undated
Case B
1982
Box 1
Puerto Rico
1982-11
Box 1
Cold Crush (St. Joseph)
Undated
Box 1
Born in the Bronx final
Undated
Box 1
Fort Apache, Paul Newman
Undated
Box 1
Boys' Club and home
1982
Case C
Summer
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_071 - JC_CS_107
Box 1
General shots, school, job
1979
Box 1
Mondale's wife
1979
Box 1
General shots (Chicita!)
1980-01-19-1980-01-23
Box 1
General shots, fighting fire
1980-03-09-1980-03-11
Box 1
Channel 2 and Benjie
1982-06
Box 1
Atlantic City and Aunt Lily's birthday
Undated
Box 1
Mrs. A - Channel 2/ NY Urban League
1982-07
Box 1
Yearbook pictures and Anonetty shots
1979-11-12-1979-11-15
Box 1
Ch. 2 Randall Pinkston LM IBJR
1985-04
Box 1
Rolling around
1985-04-1985-05
Box 1
Puerto Rican Day Parade
1985-06-09
Box 1
Photos by Pete Torres - dance show
1985-07
Box 1
Seniors, general shots
1980-03
Box 1
Mondale's wife
Undated
Box 1
General shots Myra - Yvette
Undated
Box 1
General shots - school - Purchase College - school walkout
Undated
Box 1
General shots (school and office)
1979-12
Box 1
General shots outside and inside
1980-02
Box 1
Chiquista
Undated
Box 1
General shots, fighting fire
1980-03-09-1980-03-10
Box 1
Senior trip, Malibu Ranch
1980-03-07-1980-03-09
Binder D
1980
Box 1
Slides
1980
Case D
1975-1980
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_108 - JC_CS_146
Box 1
Puerto Rico
1979-04
Box 1
General shots of Omi and Jeny
1979-03
Box 1
General shots of Omi and Jeny
1975-03
Box 1
Teresa and Stacey
1979-02
Box 1
Atlantic City H.R. c/o Roberto G.
Undated
Box 1
Atlantic City and general shots
Undated
Box 1
Washington D.C.
Undated
Box 1
Randle's School
1979
Box 1
School - Navy band
1979
Box 1
Canada, Quebec
Spring 79
Box 1
General shots (overdeveloped)
1980-02
Box 1
General shots
1980-03-18-1980-03-20
Box 1
Laura's birthday party at Chico East
1980-01-26
Case E
1982
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_001 - JC_CS_047
Box 2
Mrs. A - Channel 2
1982-07
Box 2
Wild Style, CC4 - Fantastic 5
Undated
Box 2
Harlem
Undated
Box 2
Norman Thomas Boat Ride - Cold Crush Brothers
1982-06
Box 2
Harlem World
Undated
Box 2
Outer Skates, Jersey City
Undated
Box 2
BX River, Busy Bee, CC4, Zulu
Undated
Box 2
CC4, Boys Club, Hoe Ave
Undated
Box 2
Norman Thomas H.S.
Undated
Box 2
LBP/ Hove
Box 2
Hunts Pt Palace
Undated
Case F
1978-1983
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_197 - JC_CS_222
Box 2
Lisei's wedding
1978-09-18
Box 2
Home general shots
1982
Box 2
General shots, UBP and home
Undated
Box 2
General shots around house
Undated
Box 2
AHA - Activities
1981-08-26-1981-08-28
Box 2
West Binghamton NY - Epic
1983-02
Case G
1980-1981
Box 2
Farewell to Charlie
1980-01-11
Box 2
Beau's Restaurant (Farewell to Charlie)
1980-01-14
Box 2
Salsa Combo MSG
1981-03-07
Box 2
Tito Puente at Lehman College
1980-12-19
Case H
Undated
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_147 - JC_CS_172
Box 2
Lehman College Tito Puente shots
Undated
Case I
1976-1981
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_173 - JC_CS_196
Box 2
Senior Trip Malibu Ranch
1980-03-07-1980-09
Box 2
CAFA (Committee Against Fort Apache) demo
1980-04
Box 2
CAFA
1981
Box 2
General Shots CAFA
1980-04
Box 2
Exhibitions
1976
Box 2
AHA - Activities
1981-08-26-1981-08-28
Box 2
General shots - CAFA meeting
1980-03
Box 2
Rock climbing (Project Discovery)
1980-04
Box 2
General shots
1980-05
Box 2
General shots (some night shots)
1980-05
Box 2
Graduation shots
1980-06-27
Box 2
General shots (Omi and Richie)
1980-06-28
Negatives and Contact Sheets
1982
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_048 - JC_CS_070
Box 2
Puerto Rico
1982-11
Case J (1 of 2)
1978-1998
Box 7
Tats - Macy's Parade
Undated
Box 7
CC4
Undated
Box 7
Pacheco/TOW
Undated
Box 7
TOW Legs/Red
Undated
Box 7
Tito Puente - Brook Ave 148
1998
Box 7
Wiwie's Steakhouse Armand Assante
Undated
Box 7
Tito Puente Celebrity Smoke Out TP Rest
Undated
Box 7
Tito Puente Atlantic City
Undated
Box 7
Latin Quarter
1998-07
Box 7
Tito Puente Latin Jazz Beacon Theater
Undated
Case J (2 of 2)
Undated
Box 7
Tito Puente Scholarship Cruise
Undated
Case K
Undated
Scope and Contents
JC_CS_223 - JC_CS_253
Box 7
Contact Sheets
Undated
Case K
Summer
Box 7
Slides
1980-1981
Case L
Undated
Box 8
Slides
Undated
Case L (Negatives)
1980
Box 8
General nights shots of Tiny
Undated
Box 8
General experiment shots
1980-11
Box 8
John Lennon Vigil Central Park
1980-11
Box 8
General shots (office and home)
1979-11
Box 8
D-76, Exhibition, Vicky and Co.
Undated
Box 8
Rock climbing (project discovery)
1980-04
Box 8
Omi, Janina, and Lillie
Undated
Box 8
General outdoor shots
1980-11
Box 8
Demo at Gemini - CAFA
1981-02-09
Box 8
Passport photos
1981-01-26
Box 8
Tiny and Roy Junior
1980-12-22
Box 8
CAFA Demo - Waldorf Astoria
1980-10-05
Box 8
CAFA demo at City Hall
1980-03-24
Box 8
5 Pointz
Undated
Box 8
Park Jam - Moore House
Undated
Box 8
RSC Anniversary 1
Undated
Box 8
RSC Anniversary 2
Undated
Box 8
RSC Anniversary 3
Undated
Box 8
RG Florida
Undated
Box 8
RG Montauk
Undated
Box 8
9/11
Undated
Box 8
CC4 Rehearsal
Undated
Case M
Undated
Box 8
Tito Puente Scholarship - Apollo Theater
Undated
Series III. Related Materials
1965-2007
Folder 3 from box 4 is restricted to the permission of the curator.
Box 3 Folder 9
Afrika Bambaataa
Undated
Box 3 Folder 10
Bronx Documentary Center
Undated
Box 3 Folder 11
Clarkson yearbook
1977
Box 3 Folder 12
Cold Crush Brothers
1982
Scope and Contents
Includes photocopies of handwritten lyrics and an unsigned copy of a 1982 contract between CC4 and Frost Belt International Recording Enterprises.
Box 5 Folder 1
Daily News
2007-11-01
Scope and Contents
Includes article on early hip hop featuring Conzo photographs.
Box 4 Folder 1
Flyers
1980-1984
Scope and Contents
Includes flyers for performances at T-Connection, Ecstasy Garage Disco, and Skatin' Palace.
Box 3 Folder 13
Ghetto Brothers
1971
Box 3 Folder 14
Letter from Joe to family
1990-10-14
Box 3 Folder 15
Magazines
1976-2007
Scope and Contents
Contains magazines related to latinx culture, as well as an issue of "That 70s Show: New York City in the 1970s" which includes writing and photos by Conzo.
Young Lords
Box 11
New York Post "Fort Apache" article
1980
Mounted
Scope and Contents
Clipping from March 25, 1980 issue of the New York Post, featuring Joe Conzo's photo of Paul Newman. Includes inscription: "UBP's first published student photographer, Joey Kane. Congratulations from the UBP Photography Workshop! - Reyes II"
Box 4 Folder 2
Phoenix yearbook
1980
Box 4 Folder 3
School records
1965-1975
Access to Box 4, Folder 3 restricted to permission of the curator.
Box 4 Folder 4
Tracy 168 prints
1990
Series IV. Born in the Bronx
2007
Box 5 Folder 2
Printer's proofs 1
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 5 Folder 3
Printer's proofs 2
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 5 Folder 4
Printer's proofs 3
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 5 Folder 5
Printer's proofs 4
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 6
Born in the Bronx draft 1
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 6
Born in the Bronx draft 2
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 4 Folder 5
Press clippings
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 6 Folder 1
Japanese press clippings
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 4 Folder 6
Press kit
2007
creator: Conzo, Joe
creator: Kugelberg, Johan
Box 4 Folder 7
Hip hop historic sites
2007
creator: King, Angelo
Box 4 Folder 8
Prints from "The Breaks: Stylin' and Profilin'"
2007