Listen to Charles Biasiny-Rivera, the founder of En Foco, as he recounts the early history of En Foco and the photography magazine, Nueva Luz. Click here to read and download the premiere edition of Nueva Luz, Fall 1985.
En Foco Founding Members circa 1974 (top left – right): Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Roger Caban, George Malave (bottom left – right): Phil Dante, Nestor Cortijo
We started out as a handful of New York Puerto Rican photographers, displaying our work at summer block parties in the South Bronx, neighborhood bodegas, and coffee houses in Greenwich Village.
Those early days were filled with excitement, hardly anyone was acquainted with Latino photographers, but we worked hard to establish our own visual identity. A few years later, we embraced photographers from all the cultures of color in the U.S.
Since then, we have witnessed artists of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage boldly moving forward, presenting themselves as authentic, valuable creators of American art.
En Foco celebrates the courage, talent and tenacity of the many artists it has helped become more visible, and looks forward to a new millennium of acceptance that will acknowledge the treasures of its communities.
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