South Bronx in the 80's - Ricky Flores

Bronx native Ricky Flores captured these candid shots of life in the South Bronx during the early 80's.

Flores started documenting life in the South Bronx after he purchased a camera with a small inheritance he received from his father in 1980. It started a journey of self-discovery born out of photographing the lives of his friends and family during one of the most turbulent times in the history of Bronx and New York City.

Ricky's first camera was a Pentax with a 50mm lens.

Photos by: Ricky Flores Source: NY Times LENS

Maya, 1984 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Tanco at a breakdance battle, 1983-84 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Abandoned car, 1984 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Ruby (center) and friends, 1984 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Wanda, 1984 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
View of the Bronx from an elevated train, 1982 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Johnny on the box, 1984 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
800 Fox Street, 1983 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
N.Y.S. Numbers Game, 1982 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Evangelic Prayer service on the corner of Fox and Longwood, 1982 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Orchard Beach, 1983 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Carlos and Boogie on the 6 train, 1984 - Photo By: Ricky Flores
Elaine on Fox Street, 1983 - Photo By: Ricky Flores