We’re Having a Party!

© Muema Lombe
© Muema Lombe, Club Deep, 2007.

We are throwing a party….because we want to…..because we’re a non-profit!

It’s summer, which means it’s time for our annual Summer Fiesta benefit. Each summer we throw a party with cocktails, food, silent auction, and lots of good people to raise money for our programs.

One of the realities of being a non-profit organization is that programs don’t pay for themselves, so we are constantly searching for funding. In a typical business, a program that didn’t pay for itself wouldn’t be around for very long, but En Foco’s mission is to promote cultural diversity in photography, not to make a profit. We have successfully promoted cultural diversity in photography without making a profit for the last 36 years. Each year we are able to make ends meet through grants, donations, and fundraisers like the one we are having next week.

As a non-profit we constantly struggle to convey to people that paying $36 to come to our Summer Fiesta Benefit is not so that we can pay for their cocktails and food: the money goes towards the cost of having an exhibition, printing a magazine, hosting a free workshop, and all of the other things we do.

Many of the photographers we exhibit or publish are not represented by galleries, don’t get published in magazines, and don’t make any money from being an artist. In 1984 En Foco published the photographs of a young Japanese photographer named Kenro Izu in the first edition of Nueva Luz magazine. Very few people knew who Kenro was in 1984, but he made great photographs and that’s why we published him. This past fall, Nazraeli Press published a 30 year retrospective of Kenro’s work. We never could have published Kenro without the help of donations and fundraisers such as this fiesta.

So, how do you convince someone to pay $36 for dinner, drinks, and the chance to help launch a young photographer’s career?

If you want to help support En Foco, and help us to continue to promote cultural diversity in photography, come to our Fiesta. You get to eat, drink, and have fun while you support our programs. This year the party will be at Calumet Photographic on 22nd Sreet in New York City, on July 14th from 6 – 8:30pm.

Some of our artists and dear friends were generous enough to donate prints for our Silent Auction: Kenro Izu, Phyllis Galembo, Ricky Flores, Frank Gimpaya, Wendel White, Bonnie Portelance, David Gonzalez (an image featured in a NYT story about his time with En Foco!), Groana Melendez, George Malave, Tetsu Okuhara, Anjali Bhargava, Arthur Elgort, José Gaytan, Muema Lombe, and Angel Franco.

You can also bid on two VIP tickets to the Aug 25th Mets game which includes access to the Delta Sky360 Club & preferred parking (value: priceless); PhotoPlus Expo full conference waiver ($550 value); FujiFilm’s Instax cameras; dental services ($600+ value); gold & precious stone necklace by our very own talented Bonnie Portelance ($350 value).

Door Prize Raffle Tickets (2/$10 and 5/$20) can win you PDN subscriptions; PhotoPlus Gold Expo Passes; a La Palapa Cocina Mexicana‘s brunch for four;  $50 En Foco Print Collectors Program gift certificates; photography books; and other things to delight the photophile & art lover alike.

Get your tickets to eat, drink, be merry, and help us bring great photographs to the world!

Silent Auction Prints:

Phyllis Galembo, Three Painted Boys, Carnaval, Haiti, 2004
Phyllis Galembo, Three Painted Boys, Carnaval, Haiti, 2004
© Wendel White, Fenton History Center, Jamestown, NY, Manifest series, 2010. Archival pigment printed on Canson Infinity BFK Rives, 22x27.5"
Martin Weber
Martin Weber ($251 with Ticket purchase!), Comunidade Karapoto, Alagoas, Brazil, 2005, from The Map of Latin American Dreams series. Archival pigment on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag, 8.5 x 10.5"
© George Malave
© George Malave, West Indian Day Parade, Crowd Series, 1992. Gelatin silver print, 5 x 13.5"

© Arthur Elgort
© Arthur Elgort, Caroline Trentini & Billy Elliot, American Vogue 2008. Archival pigment print, 12x9"
Bonnie Portelance, Til Death Do Us Part
Bonnie Portelance, Til Death Do Us Part, Adorned series, 2008. Framed sepia toned gelatin silver print, 16x20"
Anjali Bhargava, Blue Ganesh, 2003
Anjali Bhargava, Blue Ganesh, 2003. Digital C-print, Digital C-Print, 12 x 18"
Groana Melendez, Laura Day Dreaming
Groana Melendez, Laura Day Dreaming, Family Work Series. Archival pigment print, 24 x 30"
David Gonzalez, Dancers Mott Haven, 1979
David Gonzalez, Dancers, Mott Haven, August 1979, from the Faces in the Rubble series. Archival pigment print, 15x11"
© Kenro Izu
© Kenro Izu, Ankgor #202, Cambodia, 1997. Platinum/Palladium print, 14x20"/matted to 22x28"
© José Gaytan
© José Gaytan, Blown Away, Prospect Park series 2010. Archival pigment print, 11x14"
© Frank Gimpaya, Zeppelin, Memory series, 2010. Archival pigment print, 12x18"/matted to 18x24"

© Ricky Flores, Aida and Harry on Longwood Avenue. Carbon pigment print, 13x19"
© Tetsu Okuhara
© Tetsu Okuhara, Electronic Boxing series, 2010. Gelatin silver print, 8x10"
© Angel Franco
© Angel Franco, untitled. Gelatin silver print 12x12"

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