Mott Haven is a neighborhood in the South Bronx made up of residential houses, NYCHA Projects, and an industrial waterfront that is ground zero for the gentrification of the Bronx.
Largely made up of Latinx and Black residents with a culture defined by multiple generations, the current population of 52,000 is being challenged today by real estate developers aggressively moving to rebrand the community and displace them. This project documents the people, landscapes, and stories of those who see their neighborhood in transition.
Roy Baizan is a Chicanx documentary photographer, and arts educator from the Bronx whose work focuses on music, community, and family. Shortly after graduating from the International Center of Photography’s (ICP) Teen Program, he became a teaching assistant. He teaches photography to youth across the city. He has worked for the Bronx Documentary Center, The Point, the Bronx River Art Center, and ICP, to pass on the opportunities that were given to him.
In 2018, he graduated from the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice Program at the International Center of Photography, with the support of The Wall Street Journal Scholarship, and Board of Directors Scholarship.
Roy’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Gothamist, America Magazine, The Intercept, Remezcla, The Fader, HBO Latino, MOMA PS1, and ATNT.rt & Art history.