Nueva Luz is a photographic journal that addresses itself to the search for statements by photographers who have developed a reflective stance vis-a-vis their culture. The Journal will showcase a process in which we witness a dedication to define a unique aesthetic.
The photographers featured herein have committed themselves to the real work involved in making imagery. This is an opportunity for them to express a point of view.
Thanks to the enthusiastic support of Greg Millard of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, our efforts to make Nueva Luz a reality were made easier. It is to his encouragement, goodwill, and memory that we dedicate this inaugural issue.
Sophie Rivera attended The New School for Social Research in New York City. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Latin America. Currently, her work is part of “Tercer Coloquio Latinoamericano de Fotografia” en La Habana, Cuba. Sophie has also shown her work at P.S.I., NYC, The New Museum, NYC, Museo del Barrio, NYC, Salmagundi Club, NYC, Caribbean Culture Center, NYC, Purdue University, Indiana, Rutgers University North Museum Gallery, Newark, New Jersey, Casa Aboy, Puerto Rico, The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Kenkelba House, NYC, Intar Latinamerican Gallery, NYC, Castillo Gallery, NYC. She has also been a guest curator at the Museo del Barrio and Castillo Gallery of NYC. The Liberation News Service, United Press International, the Village Voice, the Daily News, Heresies, Women Artists News, and Majority Report to Women have featured her work.
Tony Mendoza was born in Havana, Cuba in 1941. He received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Yale University and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard. He began his photographic career by having his first photo essay published by the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He has since worked for the Boston Magazine, Harvard Magazine and the Real Paper. He has taught photography and bookmaking at the Art Institute of Boston and is currently teaching at the International Center for Photography in NYC. Publications that have featured Tony Mendoza’s work include Camera 35, Real Paper, Modern Photographer, Lightworks, 35 MM Photography, Print, and American Photographer. He has exhibited at Photovision 75, Boston, Mass., Boston Visual Arts Union, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, Photoworks, Boston, MIT Creative Photo Lab, Worchester Art Museum, Mass., and Project Inc., Cambridge, Mass. The Museum of Modern Art, NYC., The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass., and the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston all include Tony’s work in their permanent photographic collections. He was awarded a CAPS grant in 1981.
Kenro Izu was born in Osaka, Japan in 1949. He studied art photography at Nippon University for three years. Arriving in the United States in 1973, he worked as a studio assistant for three years before opening his own studio. In 1983, he exhibited his work at the Photofind Gallery, Woodstock, New York. He received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1984. Kenro does freelance still photography. His work appears in Connoisseur Magazine.