En Foco Photography Fellowship Awardees

(Bronx, NY – February 28, 2020) En Foco is proud to announce the ten winners of its 2020 Photography Fellowship Program who were selected from a pool of 134 applicants. In addition to the $1,000 award the Fellowship recipients will participate in the 2020 Fellowship Digital Exhibition (opening June 10.

The Fellowship initiative affirms En Foco’s ongoing commitment to the financial support of artists of color, and serves to inform exhibition organizers and curators of an existing pool of quality under recognized artists.

En Foco’s 2020 Photography Fellowship winners are Akshay Bhoan, Johnnie Chatman, Odette Chavez-Mayo, Luis Diaz, Roberta Dorsett & Clarissa Aponte (Collaborators), Jon Henry, Antonio Johnson, Rahul Majumdar, Josefina Moran, and Betty Yu. The Fellowship winners selected are based on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work is reviewed by panelists who are all distinguished members of the arts community: Anthony Hamboussi, 2016 En Foco Fellow; Alfred Gonzalez, Owner/Founder of Gallery 71; and Susana Temkin, Curator at El Museo.

Meet the Fellows

Akshay Bhoan was born in 1986 in Bangalore, India and graduated from International Centre Of Photography in 2015. His work is focused on intimate study of social politics, personal experience and culture. His work has been exhibited around the world including in New York (Photoville, ICP Museum, Mana Contemporary), New Delhi (Delhi Photo Festival, Tasveer Arts), Colombia (Short Gallery Bogata) and Denmark (Municipal Welcome House). Instagram

Odette Chavez-Mayo is a photo based artist working with black and white analog processes to create poetic images that transform and unify internal landscapes of being with external reality. Past projects include portraits of women serving life sentences and landscapes of quotidian life in Mexico City with her grandmother. Odette received a BFA with honors from Antioch College, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Jon Henry is a visual artist working with photography and text, from Queens NY (resides in Brooklyn). His work reflects on family, socio political issues, grief, trauma and healing within the African American community. His work has been published both nationally and internationally and exhibited in numerous galleries including Aperture Foundation, Smack Mellon, and BRIC among others and has won LensCultures Emerging Talent grant.

Josefina F Moran was born and raised in Argentina. Currently she lives in Brooklyn. Her focus is portraiture as a way to discover the identity of the people she photographs. Her work was exhibited at the Latin American Fine Art Competition at Agora Gallery and is one of the winners of the 2019 Photo Review. She taught photography in her native Buenos Aires and has worked with photographer Harvey Stein teaching workshops in Argentina.

Betty Yu is Chinese-American multimedia artist, filmmaker and activist born and raised in NYC. Betty received the Laundromat Project’s 2016 SOAPBOX Community Artist Award and has been awarded residencies from International Studio & Curatorial Program and Santa Fe Art Institute. She co-founded Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective using art to advance anti-gentrification organizing. Betty won the 2017 Aronson Journalism Award for her film “Three Tours” about U.S. veterans returning home from war and fighting to overcome their PTSD.

Johnnie Chatman (B. 1990) is a lens-based artist residing in New York. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Chatman’s work has been featured in exhibitions across the US including at the De Young Museum, Claremont Museum of Art, among others. He is also the founder of Terms & Conditions, a showcase of experimentation in moving image.

Antonio Johnson is an emerging visual artist whose work focuses on concepts of home and healing. His primary medium is photography and has earned a reputation for capturing scenes that communicate the complex beauty of urban spaces and everyday people. A self-taught photographer, his work is undeniably intimate and authentic. He achieves that through the relationships he establishes with subjects, embedding himself in their worlds.

Rahul Majumdar’s work centers around the themes of belonging/un-belonging, human desire and emotion, family and spirituality. His formal education has been in business and not art. After a decade with corporate India, he started out as a self taught, full-time photographer. Working as a Teaching Assistant since 2014 at ICP continues to inform his practice. In 2017, Rahul self-published Inarticulate, a single edition photo book of 100 copies. Instagram

Roberta Dorsett & Clarissa B. Aponte (Collaborators): Roberta Dorsett is an African American photographer born and raised in the South Bronx. Clarissa B. Aponte is a Puerto Rican photographer born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn and Long Island. Both artists earned their B.A. degree in Studio Art from CCNY. Roberta’s work focuses on documenting her family and abandoned places around New York City while Clarissa’s work concentrates on her familial relationships and environments.

Luis Manuel Diaz (Michoacán, Mexico) works in photography, video, and performance challenging and commenting on immigration in response to the portrayal of the immigrant community in the United States. In 2019 he received a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design. Diaz has exhibited work in numerous exhibitions including the Parsons BFA Thesis Show at Aperture Foundation and Convergence at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery. Diaz currently lives and works in NY.


The exhibition opens on June 10, and be on view through July 11 on https://enfoco.org.

Nueva Luz: The 2020 Photography Fellowship Issue will be available for purchase June 5. For more information on subscribing to Nueva Luz, contact Kimberly Rose at info@enfoco.org.