By Ryan Joseph
The project that I am assembling is an interactive touch screen piece that is time line based. The project will catalog and trace the origin of calypso music’s history as the first “world music” by audio and visual representation through photography and video. And highlight the connection of the music to social movements and political struggle on the island of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the music’s social commentary on international affairs.
Ryan Joseph was born in Trinidad, West Indies and now resides in Newark, NJ. He initially started work as a photo assistant after graduating form his undergrad studies at Lehman, with a concentration in graphic design and photography. He is a freelance documentary photographer for 7 years and is currently pursuing his MFA at Hunter College, Integrated Media Arts Program in New York City, concentrating in documentary filmmaking and journalism.