The Other Malecon

The Other Malecon

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 8:00am to Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:00pm
Ocean Gallery

Photos by John Paul Gallagher, a photojournalist committed to documenting the human condition of underprivileged peoples in the world. 

El Malecon is a boardwalk area in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, known for its luxurious gated penthouses, tourist hotels and casinos, fancy restaurants, and large business centers. This photo essay is not about that Malecon.

This photo essay is about another Malecon, one which does not appear in the tourist brochures or postcards; one that is often invisible to the hundreds of people who stroll down the boardwalk everyday, looking for a place to watch the sunset and feel the ocean's breeze, while having an ice cold beer. 

This photo essay is about an invisible Malecon, one surrounded by homelessness, poverty, marginalization, police persecution, and hope.

Gallery images.

(Co-sponsored by the UCSB Library and UCSB Center for Black Studies Research)

  • “Art as Experience and Activism: The Other Malecon in Pictures and Words”: Esther Lezra of Global Studies, Cristina Venegas of Film and Media Studies, and Jeffrey Stewart of Black Studies. Friday, October 28, 10am. UCSB Center for Black Studies Research (South Hall, Room 4603). People wishing to participate should contact George Lipsitz at
  • "Picturing the Dominican Republic: Making a Documentary Photo Essay on Social Issues," a talk by John Paul Gallagher. Friday, October 28, 1:30pm. UCSB Library (Instruction & Training Room 1312, 1st Floor, Mountain Side).