Delilah Montoya,  La Loca y Sweetie
© Delilah Montoya
La Loca y Sweetie, 1994
Gelatin silver print


En Foco | Press
Focusing on the Hidden History
--David Gonzalez, NY Times Lens Blog, January 24, 2012

From the Archive: Bronx Street Art

--David Gonzalez, NY Times Lens Blog, August 24, 2009

Revisiting the South Bronx, 35 Millimeters at a Time

--David Gonzalez (voice and photos), NY Times Audio Slideshow, August 19, 2009
Produced by Alexis Mainland, David Gonzalez & Meaghan Looram

Confronting the Photo Industry's Lack of Diversity: an interview with En Foco's Miriam Romais

--Holly Stuart Hughes, Photo District News, June 9, 2009

Estrellas, a conversation with En Foco's artist Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez

--MiApogeo.com, April 16, 2009

The Candid Frame #69: an interview with En Foco's Miriam Romais

--Ibarionex R. Perello, TheCandidFrame.com, March 29, 2009

Infusing Life Through Art: Mi Sangre, an En Foco photography exhibition by Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez

--Lorenzo Dominguez for Examiner.com, March 6, 2009

Photographer Captures Unsung Stars, a NBC interview with Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez and Marisol Díaz from En Foco.

--NBC's Visiones with Lynda Baquero, March 2009


“With the supposed breakthroughs and Obamafication of 21st Century America, one would think that there would be a level playing field for photographers of all races. Yet as a latino, I’m so proud and glad that En Foco is around, offering, in my words, calidad y claridad; the opportunity for these quality photographers to shine and offering clarity of vision for their vocation and art."

--Excerpt from Calidad y Claridad: The Fine Work of En Foco
by Fred Bonilla, photoinduced.com March 8, 2008


Touring Gallery artists Myra Greene and Sama Alshaibi.
--Issa Breibish, Veer.com, April 2008

Mujeres on the Move: Miriam Romais and Marisol Diaz help shed light on Latin photographers.

Monica Herrera, Latina Magazine, August 2007.

View Dulce Pinzon's interview on NY1 NEWS, where Dulce and Miriam Romais discuss her series published in Nueva Luz 12#1.

Utne Magazine's "From the Stacks," features Nueva Luz 12#1. 8/24/07

“I was impressed with the commitment of its staff and its long history of helping artists of color. It has done more to promote these artists than many of the larger more established groups. I look forward to continuing our support and helping En Foco reach new milestones in the coming years."

Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Program Director,
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
(October 2006)


"In the first week it was ‘on the streets’ I received three contacts from galleries. I am so honored that you have supported my work and believe in me. Sometimes or maybe even most times – the (art) world feels very alienating. Yet, with En Foco, I have found a new family. One that continues to help me develop as a strong and confidant artist”
Lola Flash, Photographer
(Volume 11#1, 2006)


"Thirty years later En Foco's presence has made a place in public art for those who are potentially underrepresented and has insured that good photography doesn´t slip through our cultural prejudices."
--Excerpt from En Foco Celebrates 30th Years
by Ilana Swerdlin, Afterimage, Issue 33.1


"New Works really started the ball rolling. The award gave me the opportunity to exhibit outside of Texas which gave me leverage and credibility in galleries across the nation. It was also the foundation for my getting tenure at the University of Texas at Arlington. The University published information about the exhibition in their monthly magazine and I received a congraulatory letter from the board of Regants for the Unversity of Texas. I truly believe all of this happened because of the En Foco award. A little bit late but... THANK YOU!"
-- Andrew Ortiz, 2007


Nueva Luz was nominated by Utne Magazine for Best of the Alternative Press (2001).

Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, issues a Proclamation declaring February 23 as "En Foco Day." The Organization was recognized for being a "vital source of information and educational opportunities designed to allow culturally diverse photographers a more prominent position in mainstream American photography…" (Feb 2000)

"For over 24 years, En Foco has actively promoted photographers of color according to the profound, simple and revolutionary premise that artists whose work reflected their ethnic roots were developing a unique iconography of high artistic and cultural significance. This premise, preceded 'multiculturalism by two decades, and prepared the way for the recognition that different cultural and ethnic groups make an all-important contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the United States."
Susana Torruella Leval, Fomer Executive Director
El Museo del Barrio, NYC


"Nueva Luz is an indispensable publication, both in presenting the work of photographers and in providing invaluable information to its readers."
Bill Mindlin, Publisher & Editor
Photograph


"We need more publications such as Nueva Luz, but the economics of this genre of media proves quite difficult, with plenty of examples, both for profit and non-profit, that had to cease publishing. Nueva Luz deserves every penny it earns, receives and generates, and it deserves more..."
Robert C. Buitrón, Photographer and Teacher
University of Minnesota, MN
En Foco | Sponsors
En Foco | Sponsors

En Foco is a non profit organization, with programs often supported by sponsorships and in-kind donations, in addition to grants (listed on our homepage). Sponsors may be public or private, individuals or corporations.

Membership programs also support En Foco's efforts and have benefits outlined in our Join Section; as well as our Print Collectors Program

If you would lke to join us as a sponsor or media partner, please contact us:

  EN FOCO, INC.
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
t: 718-931-9311 • f: 718-409-6445
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Recent sponsors and media partners include:

Canson Infinity logo Bogen Photo Calumet logo
Photography in New York Anheuser-Busch logo Dos Equis logo La Palapa
PDN logo photoserve logo Olympus logo
Loupe Digital Studio logo Xrite logo Lowepro logo Modernage logo
Tamrac logo Photocrew logo Vernakular logo Blurb logo    

 

Past sponsors and media partners have included:

Pregones Theatre logo WNYC AIPAD Phtography Show Utne Alt. Press Awards
Nestor Millan , Lejos e Cerca del Mar
Nestor Millan
Lejos e Cerca del Mar
(Near & Far from the Sea), © 1995


En Foco | Resources
En Foco's programs are supported by sponsorship. Please visit the Sponsor Section for more information about current sponsors and to find out how you can join us as a sponsor.

The links listed here can provide you with more information about arts and photography organizations:

PHOTO SPECIFIC:

Blue Earth Alliance

Center (Santa Fe Center for Photography)

Flak Photo

FotoFest

Light Work

Marketing Photos with M. V. Swanson

Nearby Cafe

Photograph

Photo Crew

PhotoInduced

Photo District News

Silver Eye Center for Photography

SocialDocumentary.net

ZoneZero.com



OTHER FAVS:

Asian American Arts Alliance

American Indian Artists Inc (AMERINDA)

Bronx Council on the Arts

El Museo del Barrio

National Association of Latino Arts & Culture

New York State Council on the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

The Art List

Jaishri Abichandani , Manipura Chakra
Jaishri Abichandani
Manipura Chakra, Mandala Series © 2000


Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is En Foco?
En Foco is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing and supporting photographers of diverse cultures, primarily, those of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage.

2. How do I become a Member?
All are welcome to join. Please refer to the Join section of this website.

3. Does En Foco sell Art?
Yes, Please visit the Print Collector's Program to learn about En Foco's unique offer to collect works by internationally recognized artists at affordable prices.

4. How can I receive news updates about En Foco and its events?
Signup for our free email newsletter. Members also receive mailed invitations to all En Foco events.

You can also subscribe to Nueva Luz Photographic Journal or become a Member.

5. Can I see some of the artists' work you exhibit?
Yes, You can look through the Photographers Section, subscribe to Nueva Luz or visit our Image Library. You may also attend our exhibitions, artist talks and other events.

6. How can I submit work?
Please visit our submissions section for details. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, and are viewed by En Foco staff and/or Juror, Guest Editors.

7. Do I need to be from an indigenous or "minority" culture to apply?
Membership benefits extend to all, regardless of ethnicity. Certain programs however, are currently dedicated to bringing visibility to the works by U.S. photographers of African/Caribbean, Asian/South Asian, Latino (non-european), Native Peoples and those of Pacific Islander heritage: New Works Photography Awards, Nueva Luz and Touring Gallery.

8. Can I get more information?
Absolutely! Send your questions to: info [AT] enfoco.org
Rita Rivera - Portrait of Elena
© Rita Rivera
Elena, 1996. Sepia toned gelatin silver print, 15x15"


En Foco | Location & Staff
Address (as of Sept 2006):
1738 Hone Avenue (Bronx Council on the Arts, at Morris Park Avenue)
Bronx, NY 10461 - USA
T: 718-931-9311
F: 718-409-6445
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Map This Location

Office hours are by appointment:
Monday–Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed:
All major holidays, August 1 - September 2,
and December 24 - January 6, 2014.

Staff Members & Consultants
  • Miriam Romais, Executive Director & Editor
  • Dani Cattan, Programs Director
  • Layza Garcia, Programs Associate
  • Dee Campos, Programs Associate/Touring Gallery
  • Olga Omelchenko, Nueva Luz Production Designer
  • Lisa Perkins, Design
Board of Directors
  • Susan Karabin, Chairperson
  • Sidney Baumgarten, Secretary, Vice Chair
  • Miraida Morales, Treasurer
  • Miriam Romais, President
  • Bill Aguado
  • Frank Gimpaya
  • Bruce Nils Miller
Board of Advisors
  • Nadema Agard
  • Chuy Benitez
  • Terry Boddie
  • Leenda Bonilla
  • Mark Brown
  • Chris Connelly
  • Anne Damianos
  • Elizabeth Ferrer
  • Ricky Flores
  • Charlie Grosso
  • Jeff Hoone
  • Nitza Luna
  • Marysol Nieves
  • Sandra Pérez
  • Bonnie Portelance
  • Sophie Rivera
  • Mel Rosenthal
  • Ariel Shanberg
  • Beuford Smith
Co-Founder & Executive Director Emeritus:
Charles Biasiny-Rivera

Nueva Luz Original Concept & Design:
Frank Gimpaya
Portrait of Program Manager, Executive Director and Program Assistant
Hilary Thorsen, Miriam Romais and Dee Campos.
Photo: © Ray Llanos, 2011.


En Foco Founders
En Foco Founding Members circa 1974
(top left - right): Charles Biasiny-Rivera,
Roger Caban, George Malave
(bottom left - right): Phil Dante, Nestor Cortijo
About En Foco
En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.

Now in its 40th year, it remains a leader in documenting the artistic journeys created by artists often overlooked by the mainstream art world. Through our various visual arts programs, artists are free to explore or reinvent cultural traditions, challenge preconceived notions, and engage audiences in a manner that honors all.

In Solidarity,
Miriam Romais,
Executive Director



From the Co-Founder

Since 1974 we have been bringing photographers and their work into focus to an ever-increasing and knowledgeable audience.

We started out as a handful of New York Puerto Rican photographers, displaying our work at summer block parties in the South Bronx, neighborhood bodegas, and coffee houses in Greenwich Village.

Those early days were filled with excitement, hardly anyone was acquainted with Latino photographers, but we worked hard to establish our own visual identity. A few years later, we embraced photographers from all the cultures of color in the U.S.

Since then, we have witnessed artists of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage boldly moving forward, presenting themselves as authentic and valuable creators of American art.

En Foco celebrates the courage, talent and tenacity of the many artists it has helped become more visible, and looks forward to a new millennium of acceptance that will acknowledge the treasures of its communities.

On behalf of En Foco, bienvenidos a todos. I hope you share your talents, ideas and spirit with us.

Charles Biasiny-Rivera,
Executive Director Emeritus