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.
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 thefermentation 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!
David Gonzalez looks back 30 years, to the moment he saw these dancers in a loving embrace in the streets of the South Bronx.
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.
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.
I am a huge fan of graffiti art and urban culture, so seeing Henry Chalfant’s work was absolutely mesmerizing.
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.”
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.
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
“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