En Foco’s Photographers Town Hall and Networking Meeting

townhallheaderEn Foco cordially invites all photographers of color, minority curators, cultural writers, and friends to attend Photographers Town Hall and Networking Meeting.

Date: Thursday February 2nd, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

450 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10451

Purpose: Direct Funding for Photographers and Artists of Color

  •  Introduction to En Foco’s Fellowship Program for Photographers of Color
  • An overview of the current funding climate for direct support of photographers and artists of color
  • Will the new New York City Cultural Plan support artists directly?
  • Is “trickle down” funding for artists through arts organizations sufficient?
  • Alternative support models to be considered

Brief presentations will be presented on related topics.

Travel Directions:

Subway: Take the #2, #4, or #5 to 149thSt and the Grand Concourse Station
Bus: Take the #19 from 145th St (Manhattan) to 149th St & the Grand Concourse

Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or have any questions, please email: townhall@enfoco.org

En Foco’s Print Collectors Program at The Bronx Brewery

At En Foco, we believe that art should be available to everyone, which is why The Print Collectors Program offers original photographs by internationally recognized and emerging artists, at affordable prices. Every dollar of your print purchase helps underwrite an exhibition, publication or event – and the best part, a percentage is returned to the creator of the image.


En Foco and the Bronx Brewery have partnered together to bring you great art and great beer.

Photo © Myra Greene, Untitled, Character Recognition series, 2006/2008. Available for purchase in our Print Collectors Program.
Photo © Myra Greene, Untitled, Character Recognition series, 2006/2008. Available for purchase in our Print Collectors Program
Photo © Bronx Brewery, BLack Pale Ale.
Photo © Bronx Brewery, Black Pale Ale.

As our collaboration and partnership has grown, we’d like to share a short story about the Brewery’s beginning adventures.

During the installation of all the tanks for the brewery, Damian and I [owners] decided to take care of the unloading and installation ourselves to save a little bit of money. We were unloading the​fermentation tank from the delivery flatbed when all of a sudden the tank tipped and fell over, pinning ​me under the tank and the forklift! After some hurried yelling, the construction workers rushed over to help lift the tank off of my crushed body.  Maybe it was the adrenaline, maybe I’m a little crazy, or more likely, a combination of both – but I decided it was a good idea to just get up and keep working. Well, after a few minutes, the reality (and pain) of this near death experience kicked in. I decided I’d better go to the hospital – and only after some convincing, I let someone else drive me. Considering I had just been crushed by a huge fermentation tank, I had a great experience at Lincoln hospital. I met some wonderful bronx locals, and the service there was great; and best of all, I managed to escape this incident without any injures! Hey, nothing like a tank falling on you to commence the opening of a brewery.

– Chris Gallant, General Manager, The Bronx Brewery

Seems as though En Foco and the Bronx Brewery both share traits of resilience and strength – so join us as we celebrate!

Come to the Brewery’s brand new Tap Room for our Happy Hour Reception, Wednesday, Nov. 19th 6-9pm, and enjoy our Print Collectors Program prints. All prints are available for purchase which helps support the artists and En Foco’s programs. RSVP today

To read more about one of our newest edition’s to our Print Collectors Program, visit our blog post on David Gonzalez’s Print, The Dancers 1979.

About the Image: David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez looks back 30 years, to the moment he saw these dancers in a loving embrace in the streets of the South Bronx.

© David Gonzalez, The Dancers 1979
© David Gonzalez, The Dancers 1979

The Dancers is probably my best-known image, yet it sat in my archives – unseen – for 30 years. I was working at En Foco after graduating from Yale, and had gone to a street fair in Mott Haven with Rafael Ramírez to put up a Street Gallery on August 10, 1979 (my 22nd birthday). While we were there, a salsa band started playing, and a couple started dancing. I shot two frames of them.

And then I forgot about the image.

Thirty years later, I started scanning my old negatives, when I came across the image. Mind you, I had printed other shots from that day, but not this one. Of the two frames, one had them where I could see both of the dancers. It ran with a cover story and slide show I did for the Times’ Metropolitan section in late August 2009. The reaction to it was strong and immediate.

To me, this image speaks of a lot of things, especially given what was happening in the Bronx at the time. Here we have a couple, dressed to the nines, dancing in the streets when the outside world saw the South Bronx as irredeemable. Yet there, embracing and dancing to the soundtrack of an unseen band, they remind us how our roots, our culture, nourishes our souls.

One more thing: always go back to your archives. Your older self will discover things your younger self knew enough to shoot, but not necessarily to print. — David Gonzalez, May 28th, 2014

En Foco offers an exclusive limited edition print of The Dancers through it’s Print Collectors Program, so be sure to collect yours soon while the opportunity lasts.

For more information on David Gonzalez and his work, please click here.

Sneak Peek : AIPAD NYC

According to their press release, the AIPAD Photography Show is one of the world’s most “highly anticipated annual photography events.”  Well, let me tell you – that statement couldn’t be any more accurate.  I’ve been hearing about AIPAD since my days at Aperture Foundation and by word of mouth from photo friends.  So, walking into the Park Avenue Armory where the show was being held, I was excited to see what all the great fuss was about.


Circling around the Armory filled with many different galleries from around the world, it was great to see familiar works by artists like Matthew Pillsbury, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and Graciela Iturbide (an En Foco’s alumna). After a while though, I must admit I grew a little tired of seeing so many black-and-white photographs.

So when I saw a ray of color coming from Steven Kasher Gallery, I was ecstatic!

I am a huge fan of graffiti art and urban culture, so seeing Henry Chalfant’s work was absolutely mesmerizing.


Top: Henry Chalfant, Skeme Agent, 1982, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013 Middle: Henry Chalfant, Tkid Boozer Stop, 1983, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013 Bottom: Henry Chalfant, Panama Cocaine by Kid Panama, 1980, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013
Top: Henry Chalfant, Skeme Agent, 1982, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013
Middle: Henry Chalfant, Tkid Boozer Stop, 1983, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013 Bottom: Henry Chalfant, Panama Cocaine by Kid Panama, 1980, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013

Henry Chalfant started out as a sculptor in New York in the 1970s but turned to photography and film to do an in-depth study of hip-hop culture and graffiti art. According to the Director of Steven Kasher Gallery, Maya Piergies, and their website – he is one of the foremost authorities on New York subway art, and “other aspects of urban youth culture.”

Henry Chalfant, I Love Zoo York By Ali, 1981, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013
Henry Chalfant, I Love Zoo York By Ali, 1981, Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper, printed 2013

At first I thought it was one of Bruce Davidson’s photographs from his Subway series in the late 1970s.  However, they weren’t as gritty and dark.  Chalfant’s series of heavily tagged subway cars are vibrant in color but simple in technique. While his technique is very straightforward, each photograph has its own identity and character.  What I love most are the captions accompanying the photographs.  Each one is named after their street tag names: Kel Min, Sharp Delta, Tkid Booze, 2Near 2Mad 2Wide, or 2Man TNT to name a few.

Chalfant’s photographs are also featured in City Museum of New York’s exhibition called, “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art From the Martin Wong Collection.”  Steven Kasher Gallery also held a self-titled exhibition of Henry Chalfant earlier this year.

Henry Chalfant, Min One in the New Lots train yard
Henry Chalfant, Min One in the New Lots train yard

As I was stepping into the now modernized, clean #6 train on my way back to the Bronx, I smiled to myself wishing that I were stepping into one of Chalfant’s photographed subway cars instead.

AIPAD runs from April 10-13, 2014. For more information on the AIPAD show, panel discussions and other great exhibiting galleries, click here.

For more information on Henry Chalfant, click here.


Artist Interview Series: Sonia Louise Davis

Sonia Louise Davis speaks about her series tracing(s) belonging(s) on the same Harlem streets that inspired her photographs in the latest installment of our Artist Interview Series.

Tracing(s) belonging(s) is currently on view at Aguilar Library/NYPL as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Program through September 30, 2012. Join us Saturday, May 12 at 1pm for an opportunity to hear her thoughts about the series and ask questions about her work. The talk will be followed by a reception from 2-4pm.

Over the past year and a half I have been making images in and about Harlem with a 4×5 monorail camera. I’m drawn to the physical shooting process, moving slowly through the streets around my apartment in an attempt to weave my own story into the visual fabric of my neighborhood. I take Harlem as my subject and context, and my practice is both documentary and autobiographical. Drawing on collective memory and family history, I’m interested in framing the personal past in this mythic and everyday place. –Sonia Louise Davis

For more about the artist: http://sonialouisedavis.com/

Exhibition Information:

February 1–September 30, 2012

Artist Talk:
Saturday, May 12 from 1:00 to 2:00pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 12 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Aguilar Library/NYPL
174 East 110th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues)
New York, NY 10029
(212) 534-2930

M & W, 11:00-6:00pm; Tu & Th, 11:00-7:00pm;
Fri & Sat, 10:00-5:00pm

Artist Interview Series: Jaime Permuth

“Yonkeros is a lyrical exploration of first world consumerism, waste, and obsolescence as it intersects with third world ingenuity and survivalist strategies in the no–man’s–land.”

Jaime Permuth speaks eloquently about his series Yonkeros in the latest installment of our Artist Interview Series.  The interview took place at  Pregones Theater in the Bronx, where his work is on view as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery program through April 28, 2012.   Join us Saturday, March 24th at 2 pm for a conversation with Jaime and the opportunity to ask him questions about his work.

This powerful body of work was published in Nueva Luz photographic journal (volume 15#3), and also earned Jaime En Foco’s scholarship to attend FotoFest 2012.

What Permuth gives us in these images is a chance to appreciate human strength. It’s not just about the physical strength of these workers, though that’s certainly in evidence, but ultimately about the strength to confront one’s situation and work hard, commit oneself, meterse a dos patas (jump in with both feet)… The images end up being a tribute—and a beautiful one—to the physical and moral strength, the resilience and the creativity of the workers.”
— Excerpt from commentary by Steve Cagan, Nueva Luz 15#3

CLICK HERE to purchase Nueva Luz featuring Jaime’s work.

For more about the artist:  www.jaimepermuth.net

For an interview with Jaime on Bronxnet’s OPEN: http://www.bronxnet.org/tv/open/viewcategory/12/open

Exhibition Information:

February 28–April 5, 2012

Artist Talk:
Saturday, March 24 from 2:00 to 3:00pm

Pregones Theater
571 – 575 Walton Avenue
(between 149 & 150th Streets, one block west of the Grand Concourse)
Bronx, NY 10451 tel: 718-585-1202

Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm with extended hours during show nights.
Check www.pregones.org for those extended hours.