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