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Ruben Natal-San Miguel

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Welcome!, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Glamour Break Diva 1, 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Go On Girl Cheer Me Up! , 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Duo, 2008 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24
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Trip to NeverLand, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Hot Summer , 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Fighter, 2008 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24
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Exhuberance, 2009 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24
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Untitled, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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As good as it gets, 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Igor-Up in the clouds, 2009 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Eyes of the beholder, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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HarlemTribe, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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A.A. Parade, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Subway Bunny, 2009 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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First Communion, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Outdoor Altar, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Harlem's Pink Panther, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Subway Exit, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Glamour Break Diva , 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24
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Candelight Bar, 2006 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Of Time and the City, 2008 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Disco Ball, 2009 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Car Wash, 2007 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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No , 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Beyond the gates ... are dreams, 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Renewal, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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P.R. Parade, 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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The wait is over lucky 7, 2008 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Fast and Furious, 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Come and Gone..., 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2008 Fire Island, NY Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Reverse Flags, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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M.J. Memorial @ Apollo, 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Urban Glamour, 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Pride 2008, 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Store front, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Fire!, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Parade , 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Uptown Escalator, 2006 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Altar, 2007 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2008 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Outdoor Altar 2, 2009 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Upstairs, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Clothing Bin, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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About a Boy, 2009 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Untilted 2, 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Friends Memorial Sundown, 2010 Manhattan, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Christmas , 2010 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Self Portrait, 2008 Harlem, NYC Photography Metallic C Print 20 X 24 © Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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Glamour Break Diva 2009 , Harlem, NYC, 2009 Chromogenic Metallic Print 20 X 24 Inches © Ruben Natal- san Miguel
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"Hustle", 2014 Photograph
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Arecibo, Puerto Rico USA
Lives in
Manhattan, NYC
Works in
Photography,Art Photgraphy Curatorial and consulting services
Tags
mixed-media, video-art, modern, photography, digital, graffiti/street-art, figurative
Statement

NY, NY: The Concrete Jungle is a culmination of a 7-year long survey project. Like an explorer trekking into unknown regions of the “Jungle” streets of New York City, photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel travels in the footsteps of visionary photographers such as the likes of Helen Levitt, Bruce Davidson, Louis Faurer, and Robert Frank.

While NY City has a rich tradition of street photography, Ruben Natal-San Miguel brings this historic street photographic style forward into the new millennium with vivid living color. But Ruben is more than just an observer, for the past five years during the summer months; Ruben has traveled by bicycle throughout Upper Manhattan, searching for what it’s like to live in the Big Apple. For this is his chosen home, like many New Yorkers, Ruben is a transplant, eagerly coming to NY City to make his way in this School of Hard Knocks. As a trained architect he clearly sees both the concrete form and its human function, in particular, Ruben focused the viewer’s eye on the unseen. In this exhibition, the overlooked citizens, and environments are his subject, these are things most people cannot or choose not to see. For, this is not your posh “Sex and The City” Manhattan which people clamor for, but here, Ruben has been able to find, a vibrant and colorful vision of that other Manhattan.

Like Ruben’s Philadelphia friend and influence, photographer Zoe Strauss, he elevates these “unseen” people and places with poetic vision, working to create an endearing meaningful life lesson of what it’s like when the human spirit makes the best of what others may consider to be so little. This photographic project captures the beauty and struggle of everyday life which resonates as a social document of our time, and as a sheer and powerful visual art.

-Mike Hoeh

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