En Foco Announces 2016 Photography Fellowship Winners


En Foco, one of New York metropolitan area’s leading clearing houses and supporters of photographers of color, proudly announces its Photography Fellowship’s five photographers that are representative of New York City’s diversity. The “Fellows” are Anthony Hamboussi, Tommy Kha, Adeline Lulo, Danny R. Peralta and Lawrence Sumulong—all New York City residents. The En Foco Photography Fellowship provides each photographer with a $1,000 financial stipend, a group exhibition and a feature in Nueva Luz.

The EnFoco Fellowship has been redesigned in order to broaden its reach and efficacy to core constituents. Its successes are predicated in building networks with citywide intermediaries and organizations like the Bronx Documentary Center, Harlem Arts Alliance, the Asian American Arts Alliance, P.R.I.D.A. and Amerinda. These networks ultimately generated 97 submissions for this year’s Fellowship, and the awardees were selected after three rounds of deliberations through a peer panel process. The panelists are all distinguished members of the arts community: Leenda Bonilla, Bronx artist and photographer; Sarah Calderon, former Casita Maria Executive Director and currently Managing Director of Art Place; and Wendel White, professional photographer, cultural activist and museum educator. Each brought their significant experience in this process of supporting and advocating on behalf of artists of color, recognizing the contributions these artists make to their communities and to the art world as a whole.

Kim Rose, En Foco’s Online Fellowship Administrator and Layza Garcia, Programs Manager managed the entire Photography Fellowship experience. They sustained En Foco’s commitment to excellence and integrity. Bill Aguado, En Foco’s Interim Director, stated, “we are committed to system of providing financial support to our artists and we are fortunate to have two young professionals, like Kim and Layza, carrying on the tradition established in the mid-seventies by En Foco’s founders.”

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En Foco, Inc. supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of color and diverse cultures, using photography as a platform to speak on behalf of issues related to cultural equity and access. En Foco provides its photographers, curators, critics & cultural activists with forum to advocate on behalf of an inclusive cultural policy that historically has been lacking in substance. En Foco supports its constituent artists with direct and indirect funding opportunities, professional development services, curated exhibitions, publications and networking events with industry and cultural leaders. Learn more at and follow us on &

The En Foco Photography Fellowship is made possible with funds by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the generosity of an anonymous donor.


Papersafe Issue #05: Turbulent Bodies/A Cross, A Wild Sea


Papersafe Issue #05Turbulent Bodies/A Cross, A Wild Sea 

September 2015 (SHIPS EARLY OCTOBER) 
Edited by Jaclyn Wright & Elle Perez

8"x10", 92 pages, full color digital offset printing on 80# an 100# uncoated stock, softcover, perfect bound, edition of 75

In an effort to celebrate diversity within the medium of photography – and to continue the conversation about the lack of and need for it – we chose to completely hand over our platform to two of our favorite photographers, Jaclyn Wright and Elle Perez. We gave Jaclyn and Elle 100% freedom and support to do whatever they would like with the issue. The result is two issues in one – a "split" with two front overs and two separate but equally important sections.

Scarlet: A Celebration of Latino Expression


Scarlet: A Celebration of Latino Expression is a night honoring the art, music, and food of our culture. The purpose of this showcase is to highlight the talent that comes from Latin and Hispanic countries, bring awareness to the struggle of immigrants in America, and fundraise for our community.

Reception: Thursday September 24, 2015

VIP / $45 / 6:00-9:00pm - VIP guests will participate in a Q&A and an open lecture style conversation with a special guest and writer MP Frias. The discussion will touch on topics like the Latin/Hispanic experience in America, immigration, life in the Caribbean, Afro-Latinx struggle, racism, The American Dream, nationalism, etc.

Guests will enjoy two spoken word performances, a performance from the Capoeira teachers at ABADA Capoeira Bronx, and a live band performing tipico and classic bachata music. They will also appreciate authentic Latino/Hispanic appetizers, extra time to enjoy the live music and live art, ice breakers, and a book exchange. 

General Admission / $25 / 9:30-11:30pm - GA guests will enjoy two spoken word performances, a performance from the Capoeira teachers at ABADA Capoeira Bronx, and a live band performing tipico and classic bachata music.

A portion of all proceeds will go to POTS “Part of the Solution,” an organization in The Bronx (located on Webster Ave and 197th) that offers dozens of services to families in need. In a year, POTS serves over 25,ooo meals – 8,000 of them to children. Over 4,000 people are helped by their showers, barbershop, and clothing closet. Over 3,000 children receive back-to-school supplies, thanksgiving turkeys, and holiday gifts. They also provide legal representation to residents in risk of eviction. Every $25 raised feeds a family of four.

Parsons BFA Thesis Exhibition