Photos: Aurelio Jose Barrera, a Pulitzer-winning Los Angeles Times photojournalist

Couples dance at La Zona Rosa dancing club on Cesar Chavez Avenue.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
The silhouette of a girl walking down a shadowed staircase, one hand on the bannister.
A 10-year-old girl on her Communion day at an East Los Angeles chapel.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)

Aurelio Jose Barrera, a longtime Los Angeles Times photographer who helped the paper win a Pulitzer Prize with a groundbreaking series on L.A.'s overlooked Latino communities, has died. In retirement, he launched a one-man crusade to deliver food to the homeless in those communities.

As an intern, Barrera shot black-and-white photos of everyday moments in overlooked Latino communities, which his team felt were covered only when crime occurred. Their project won the 1984 public service award, despite initial skepticism from The Times’ editor.

Antonio Hernandez, in cowboy hat, sits on a step against a graffitied wall with his accordion in his lap.
Antonio Hernandez plays his accordion early on a Sunday morning on the steps of Vallarta Tires and Auto Service.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
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Religious symbols are displayed amid knobs and dials on the dashboard of a 1950s-era Chevy.
Religious symbols hang on an automobile dashboard in Los Angeles.
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A gang member with a buzz cut is shown from the eyes up with tattoos including "18."
An 18th Street gang member photographed in South Los Angeles.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Tattooist and gang member crouch near a concrete-block wall. An older gang member grips the boy's shoulders.
An 18th Street gang member, 14, gets a “1" and an “8" tattooed on his forearm by a roving tattooist.
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Three young men, wearing black and white, hop a fence.
18th Street gang members climb a fence at Morningside High in Inglewood.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
A man sits astride a bicycle in the middle of a salon as a woman cuts a customer's hair.
At work with Norma Galindo at Norma’s Beauty Salon on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue.
(Aurelio José Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Four men in buzz cuts throw punches at a fifth, pinned against a chain link fence.
An initiation into the 18th Street gang by four 18th Streeters in an alley in Santa Ana.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
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Fantastical tattoo art decorates the walls as a tattooist works on a customer.
Tattoo artist Jesus “Chuy” Rangel painstakingly creates a design at the City of Angels Tattoo Shop.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Two people hold the arms of a man who yells in the direction of a line of helmet-wearing police.
An argument between police and civilians erupts before a rock- and brick-throwing incident at the corner of Vermont Avenue and 1st Street in Los Angeles during the L.A. riots in April 1992.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Irv Karan stands behind a shop counter, surrounded by bins of dried fruit and nuts.
Irv Karan at his dried fruit and nuts stand at Grand Central Market in August 1985.
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The shadow of a woman carrying a child is seen against a door with a poster that reads "No War, No Racism."
A woman carries a child into a fundraiser at the Self Help Graphics & Art gallery in Los Angeles.
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Eddie Van Halen, shirtless and with a bandanna around his neck, leaps in the air as he plays his guitar.
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen goes airborne during a Los Angeles performance in 1984.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Prince, in ruffled shirt and velvet suit, holds a guitar onstage.
Prince strikes a pose at Long Beach Arena on March 10, 1985.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
At Children's Hospital of Orange County, John Mash of Corona watches his young son's procedure through a plastic curtain.
At Children’s Hospital of Orange County, John Mash of Corona watches his son’s procedure through a plastic curtain.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Don Ed Hardy stands before two panels of tattoo art, which also covers his shirt and both arms.
Tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, who curated the 1995 “Eye Tattooed America” exhibition at Laguna Art Museum.
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An 18th Street gang member sits on a twin bed in a small, graffiti-covered bedroom.
An 18th Street gang member sits in his graffiti-covered bedroom in his family’s Inglewood apartment.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
A tattooed "18" covers the back of a shirtless gang member.
An 18th Street gang member hangs out at an Inglewood market.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
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From the elbow, the tattooed arm of a gang member is shown holding a gun.
An 18th Street gang member displays a .22-caliber handgun in Southeast Los Angeles.
(Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)