Alexis Ruiseco – I am a Cuban born-American queer photographer born in Güines, Cuba. Displaced by he effects of the communist regime, on September 28th, 1995, I arrived in Miami,Florida, with my mother, to join my grandfather, grandmother, and great grandmother. In 2009 I enrolled at Miami Dade College and started my education in photography. Focusing on the queer Latino community in Miami exploring performance and domestic spaces as sites of resistance. In 2013 I moved New York to continue my investigations within NYC and Brooklyn’s queer communities. In 2016, I graduated from Parsons, The New School for Design with a BFA in photography. A few months after graduation It raveled to Cuba with the CubaOne Foundation after not having returned for 10 years, initiating my exploration of queer communities outside Cuba’s capital. Shifting my focus from the metropolitan city. From this triangular trajectory I reflect on issues of visibility, admission, and representation; using my dual citizenship, my access, as a precious commodity. I have shown selected works at Milk Gallery NYC, Kendal Gallery in Miami, the Leslie Lohman Museum(forthcoming) have been featured in VICE, Teeth Magazine, and has been a performer(forthcoming) at the Museum of Modern Art.
Antonio Pulgarin is a Colombian-American artist based in Brooklyn, New York.Pulgarin trained at the School of Visual Arts where he received his BFA in Photography in 2013. His work has been included in various exhibitions including at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery,The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Photo LA, Photoville, and International Photo Festival Leiden. His work has received honors from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, YoungArts, Latin American Fotografia, American Photography, and PDN Photo Annual. Pulgarin’s photographs have been featured in publications such as Vice, Vice Colombia, Slate, LensCulture, The Huffington Post, and Photo District News.
Gioncarlo Valentine – Growing up in Baltimore was a lot like living under a lid. It is a remarkable and beautiful place with a rich heritage and a propelling sense of community, but there is a continuous feeling of suffocation and hopelessness that comes from all the things we lack.My experience was far too often the experience of Black poverty and deprivation:Homelessness, transience, and longing for stability. My mother struggled with addiction. My father, violent and unstable. Experiencing things like physical violence, truancy, depression, and ostracization allowed me so many varying perspectives. It cultivated a sense of deep understanding and shaped the way that Iview the world.In college I majored in writing to satiate my desire to tell stories, but prose left me feeling empty far too often. When I discovered Gordon Parks and his photo essays I was blown away. He was a masterful storyteller who used both prose and a camera to captivate viewers. His work led me to Eli Reed, Richard Avedon, Ming Smith, and James Nachtwey. I fell in love with their ability to create complex narratives in a single frame. Soon after I purchased a camera and got to work.
Hidemi Takagi was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Takagi has exhibited both nationally and internationally (London, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Paris). Her notable selected exhibitions include The Bronx Museum of the arts, Queens Museum, BRIC Media art center, White columns, Momenta Art, The Ukrainian Institute, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYFA Gallery, etc. Takagi participated in the AIM program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2004), NYFA IAP mentoring Program (2008), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ǯs Swing. Space (2010), Engaging Artist residency by More Art (2015), BRIC New Media Art Fellowship (2016) and Utopian Practice Fellowship by Culture Push (2017). Her work has been reviewed in Time Out Tel Aviv, Time Out New York, NY Times and Village Voice. Her ‘Blender’ project was selected for “Times Square Public Arts 2011” and her “Hello it’s me” was awarded a Seed Grant By More Art.
Jonathan Gardenhire (b. 1992, Lower East Side, New York) is an artist and cultural producer whose work explores representations of race and sexuality, most often with an emphasis on black masculinity. His practice critically examines how constructions of power, value, knowledge and social change are produced and shared in the cultural sector. Gardenhire received a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School of Design in 2014 under artist and academic, Bill Gaskins and the late photographer George Pitts. He has also taken photography course work at School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. His work has been exhibited at Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), International Center of Photography(NY), Milk Gallery (NY), The New School and Bronx Art Space, among others. In 2017, Gardenhire was the subject of a solo exhibition, ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God and Other Pictures,” at the Brooklyn apartment gallery Medium Tings. Using traditional methods of photography, such as studio portraiture, and more contemporary methods, such as appropriation, Gardenhire’s work traces a “mis-history” in an attempt to redefine and reclaim black identity through a variety of imagery to reshape perceptions of black humanity at large.
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work has been published in The New York Times, BBC, The Washington Post, LePoint Afrique, CBS News, Vogue, among other publications. She is the co-editor of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. It is the first publication in nearly 30 years that features photography produced by women of African descent. Barrayn was recently awarded the Reporting Grant for Womens Stories from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to continue her work documenting the lives of women in post-conflict Casamance, Senegal. Barrayn’s photography projects have been supported by Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. Her latest project on the Baye Fall sufi order of Senegal was exhibited at Galleria Biagiottie in Florence, Italy and at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) New York. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the Waaw Centre for Art and Design in Saint-Louis, Senegal.
Mark Aghatise is a London-born, New York-based, artist. His work explores the processes of deconstructing and constructing images of the black male figure. Movement, repetition, and the failure of both are central to his photographic studies and endeavors.
Rhynna M. Santos is a photographer born in Puerto Rico and currently residing in the Bronx. Ms. Santos work depicts the everyday life and perspective of people of color. Her work has been featured in Curate NYC 2013, Jerome Avenue Workers Project 2015, Living Latina 2016 and Bronx Now 2016. In collaboration with En Foco, Ms. Santos photographs were featured in the article of Living Latina: The Bronx Womens Photo Collective, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal 2016, Volume 20, Number 1. Santos is a member of the Bronx Photo League at the Bronx Documentary Center, curator for the Instagram feed Everyday Bronx and founder of the Bronx Women’s Photo Collective. In addition, Santos serves as co-executive Chair of the Bronx Culture Collective. Ms. Santos earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA in 2007 and has lived and worked in Spain, where she entered and placed in her first photography competition, PhotoEspaña.
Tau Battice – Born in Basseterre, St. Kitts-Nevis and based in New York City, Tau Battice isa lifelong lover of the photograph and its power to preserve the moment, proclaim nuance, and propel humanity to positive action. He teaches at the City University of New York and lives in Harlem with his family. Specializing in portraiture, Tauengages long-term personal projects and is concurrently working on his first monographs about Harlem and Afro Latinas. His specific interest is documenting the African diaspora in the Americas.
Yu-Chen Chiu is a photographer currently residing in New York City. Her background includes a B.A. in English Literature from Chinese Culture University and a M.A. degree in Communication Studies and Film Productions at New York University. She has also studied photography at the Cooper Union and International Center of Photography.Yu-Chen’s artwork has been exhibited and screened worldwide, such as at the Chelsea Art Museum, the South Street Seaport Museum, and the Sony Wonder Lab Museum in New York City, USA; Musee du Louvre Paris, France; and VIDEO FORMES in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is the Gold award recipient for New Creation Jury Award of VIDEOFORMES in France; the Winner for 2015 EYEEM Photo Awards (The Traveller Category); 2013 B+W Magazine Single Image Winner; two Silvers for Paris PX3; the Finalist of 2017 Athens Photo Festival, Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 200, and Reportage Photo Festival in East Australia, and the honorable mention for IPA (International Photography Awards), Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Her work is also appeared in various online and printed publications, such as Smithsonian.com, ELLE China, VOGUE International, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Metro Asian Food Magazine and Paul Auster’s book cover.
Byron Smith, is an award-winning photojournalist focusing on human interest stories. He’s a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
Cinthya Santos-Briones, before becoming a documentary photographer, Santos-Briones studied anthropology and history, which led her to work as a researcher in different institutions in Mexico, focused on the study of indigenous and rural communities.
She was twice a fellow of the State Fund for Culture and the Arts of México. She is co-author of the book “The Indigenous Worldview and its Representations in Textiles of the Nahua community of Santa Ana Tzacuala, Hidalgo¨. Cinthya has published and broadcasted her work in media as well in books and magazines in Mexico, Spain and the United States, related with issue of migration, textiles and shamanism. Her work as a photographer is centered on community, migration, gender, identity and the struggle for human rights. Cinthya is a recent graduate of the Visual Journalism And Documentary Practice Program at the Internacional Center Of Photography in New York City. In the autumn of 2016 she received a fellowship granted by the Magnum Foundation. Cinthya has worked in pro immigrant organizations in New York as a community organizer.
Daesha Devón Harris, is a Saratoga Springs, New York native, artist and photographer who has spent time in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA. Her earliest mentor was her Great Uncle, Joseph Daniels, a self taught artist and accomplished painter from whom she received painting instruction as a young child. She credits her parents for always fostering her creativity and fueling her interest in stories and history, but most importantly for teaching her the importance of community. Both her multi-cultural family and the unexpected death of her young father have greatly shaped her life. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the College Of Saint Rose and a MFA in Visual Art from The University at Buffalo. She is a member of various organizations and plays an active role in her community as a youth advocate, social activist and cultural history preservationist. Harris is an award winning artist that has been featured in numerous exhibitions across New York State as well in Philadelphia, PA, Louisville, CO, and beyond. She is also an avid fisherman and hobbyist gardener.
Daniel Martinez was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Growing up in the city molded me into an individual that strives for opportunity. Following high school he immediately applied and was accepted into The School of Visual Arts, but unfortunately wasn’t able to stay because of the tuition cost. Even though I didn’t finish school I feel it honestly shaped my life for the better. I went on to starting my own photography business and photographing over 100 weddings in my first 2 years. I didn’t feel stuck anymore, I didn’t feel like I was held back by exams and assignments that I wasn’t passionate about. In life I’ve always felt I was meant to do more than just go to school, find a job, and buy a house..none of that really made me excited to live and I noticed that at a very young age. I’m very passionate about what I do because I love it, and that’s a reason why I’m taking every opportunity that comes my way. I want to be more than just another photographer, I want to be somebody that changes lives through photography.
Erika Morillo, born and raised in Dominican Republic, Morillo has been working as a freelance professional in NYC for over a decade. She studied clinical psychology and sociology, which influenced her to photograph as a way to understand her family dynamics and the social environment she inhabits. Morillo has extensive experience as a documentary photographer, mainly with projects/assignments that focus on social issues, public health, inner city life and Latino culture. She has ongoing photography collaborations with different organizations including: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), Maryland Department of Health and Remezcla. Her photographs focus on the issues of family, inner city life and the finding of identity. She currently lives in New York City with her son Amaru.
Jon William Santiago, is an American photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Born in New York City to a Puerto Rican family, his work reflect his background and experiences. A self taught photographer, his interest in documentary photography took off after a trip to Nepal. Afterwards he took to the streets of the Bronx and after some time came across the Bronx Documentary Center. It is here where his image making and storytelling skills continue to develop. Santiago is a member of the Bronx Photo League, a collective dedicated to social issues within the borough and with whom he created the book, Jerome Ave (BDC Editions, 2016). He is currently a teacher at the Bronx Documentary Center after-school program and works as a freelance photographer and videographer. His work can be found in publications such as The New York Times, Burn, and Time.
Lisa DuBois is a New York based photographer specializing in photojournalism. Her years studying at the School of Visual Arts with late photographer Ruth Orkin helped shape her approach to photography. Lisa continued her studies at the Germain School of Photography and graduated with awards in Photojournalism. In the late eighties, Lisa’s paparazzi days were spent photographing events and celebrities for the Village Voice and the New York Post. During this time she worked as photo editor for the Black American News. During the nineties, she taught herself Photoshop and began to produce surreal and conceptual photography while raising her daughter. Lisa was a staff reporter for Examiner from 2011 until they closed in 2015. and is now a contributing photographer in the creative department at Getty Images. She spends time documenting subcultures in New Orleans and New York.
Lisa has exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her work on New Orleans subculture is sold to collectors through the Sutton Gallery in Louisiana. Photography has never translated into work for Lisa, every time she picks up the camera it is a stimulating new experience.
Nichole Washington uses portraiture to explore her identity as a black woman. She instructs her subjects on poses and style of dress in order to mimic expressions that have influenced her. Through this process she aims to reveal underlying personalities within the labels placed upon her. She hopes her work will empower women to express themselves fully and freely. Nichole was raised in Roseville, Minnesota. In 2005 she moved to Los Angeles where she earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing. She moved to NYC in 2009 to further develop her skills in photography. She is a recent graduate of School of Visual Arts where she earned a masters degree in digital photography. During her graduate studies Nichole was a recipient of the 2016 MPSDP Thesis Scholarship. In 2016 Nichole was a part of multiple group shows including “Sight Seen” at SVA-Chelsea gallery and “Holla Back” at Studio 301. Nichole’s latest work “For My Girls” was featured in three exhibitions at the 2016 Photoville festival in Brooklyn, NY. This included being featured on her very own emergi-cube. “For My Girls” was also featured online by Refinery 29 and by Italian news publication La Stampa. Nichole is currently based in NYC.
Rhea Karam was born in Beirut and grew up between the U.S. and France. She is based in NY where she graduated from the International Center of Photography in 2007 and was the recipient of a director’s scholarship. Her work focuses on documenting domestic and urban environments with an emphasis on public walls and the role they play in our daily lives. In 2009 she published Breathing Walls, a visual archive of the political transition in Lebanon. She has exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows and has won several awards among which the Silver Eye Fellowship commendation award, best of show at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and was named top 10 emerging Middle Eastern artists to watch by CNN.
Santana Copeland, as a child ran around the house taking pictures with a camera that had no film in it. His fascination with images and storytelling led him to Bard College where he received a BA in Film and Electronic Arts. He made the transition from the moving image to the still image and earned an MFA in Studio Art from Long Island University Post. At Post, he received the O’Malley Grant and the SVPA “Excellence in Photography” Award. He was a panelist at LIMarts’ The Artist’s Vision: Understanding the Creative Inspiration & Process and has exhibited at Bushwick Community Darkroom, Studio 5404, SIA Gallery, The Steinberg Museum of Art, and Ripe Art Gallery. Santana Copeland continues to be a child that runs around the house.
Anthony Hamboussi, is an Egyptian-American photographer, born in Brooklyn, NY in 1969. He has exhibited in the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, International Center of Photography, MoMA/PS1, Americas Society, Queens Museum and Sculpture Center, New York. His book, Newtown Creek: A Photographic Survey of New York’s Industrial Waterway was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. He has co-authored two books; What is Affordable Housing? with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and LIC in Context with Place in History. His collaborations include “Words, Images, and Spaces: A Language for a New City?” with Kyong Park and International Center for Urban Ecology. Hamboussi has received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Jerome Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts in Architecture, Planning & Design. His photographs have been published in The New Yorker, Domus Magazine, and The New York Times, among others.
Adeline Lulo, was born in Washington Heights, New York, USA and raised in the Bronx, New York. She received her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design in May 2015. She has grown up between two places that are very dominant to the Dominican society. This has allowed her to experience a duality of life between Washington Heights, New York and the Dominican Republic. Through her photographs, Lulo attempts to capture the national essence of a Caribbean nation of ten million people. Her images have a romanticized quality to them because of her personal connection that ties back to her childhood spending summers exploring her motherland. She finds beauty in how her friends and family remain humble and grateful. Lulo’s work spans many consecutive summers and acts as a way to reconnect with her culture and it’s society. The different themes conveyed throughout the work address family values, class inequity, access to healthcare and poverty. Her obligation as the artist is to empower the Dominican Community in both countries, while focusing on their unique national characteristics.
Danny R. Peralta, was born in The Bronx in 1978 and was raised in the Inwood section of upper Manhattan. Shortly after he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts and Science from NYU’s School of Education in 2000 he began his work as a youth educator and community developer. In 2002, while searching to expand upon his love for art and storytelling, he formally began attending black and white photography workshops at ICP @ THE POINT in the South Bronx and was awarded the first ever Jocelyn Benzakin Fellowship for documentary photography in 2005 where he studied intensively at the International Center of Photography as a concerned photographer. From that point on, he turned his camera onto his immediate family and community, completing compelling projects like Ma (winner of 2007 BRIO Award), LOVE LIVES (a call for trauma relief in Hunts Point) and ‘Bout that Life (recently featured in BX200’s Bronx Now exhibit). In 2008, he went back to THE POINT CDC to work as Director of Arts and Education, and in the fall of 2015 became the Executive Managing Director. In 2009, he also co-founded Peasant Podium Music, curating live musical showcases and visual art experiences not only for local artists but for individuals from throughout the globe. He currently lives in the Pelham Parkway section of The Bronx with his wife and two sons, who inspire his every endeavor.
Tommy Kha, Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Tommy Kha is a photographer/artist based in New York City and Memphis. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Ryerson Artspace, Georgia Scherman Projects, Aperture, ALLGold at MoMA PS1 Printshop, Yongkang Lu Art, and Kunstverein Wolfsburg. Publications include Slate, the Huffington Post, Aint-Bad Magazine, Hyperallergic, Blouin ArtInfo, BUTT Magazine, and Miranda July’s “We Think Alone.” Kha is a former Light Work artist-in-residence, and recently published his first monograph, A Real Imitation, through Aint-Bad Editions. Kha holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University.
Lawrence Sumulong, is a Filipino American photographer and Photo Editor with Jazz at Lincoln Center based in New York City. In 2015, The Lucie Foundation shortlisted him as an “emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels”. Among others, his work has been featured by Burn Magazine, Chobi Mela VI, Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Porto Alegre, The GroundTruth Project, Head On Photo Festival, Huck Magazine, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Le Monde’s M le magazine du Monde, the Milk Gallery, The New Yorker: Photo Booth, The New York Times, NPR, Photovisa VII: International Festival of Photography, Sony World Photography Awards, Sydney Morning Herald, and Verve: The New Breed of Documentary Photographers.