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Photographer Charles Biasiny-Rivera recounts the history of En Foco [Focused], the first Puerto Rican photographers collective in New York City. Founded in 1973, En Foco’s community-based programs in the Bronx included operating a street gallery, a street portrait studio, and photo-based art instruction in public schools. By the l980s, En Foco expanded to include exhibiting work of artists from other ethnic heritages, and publishing the photographic journal Nueva Luz [New Light]. Biasiny states that “cultural consciousness” brings to the fore a multidimensional perspective to image making. Writing this editorial to commemorate En Foco’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Biasiny maintains that En Foco’s mission to create a portal for photographers whose images are culturally resonant remains relevant, and that the journal will continue to broaden the horizons of photography in the future.


Charles Biasiny-Rivera began his career as a photographer during the Korean War where he was drafted in the military. He later became an apprentice to photographer Sir Cecil Beaton, and went on to work in magazine and fashion photography during the sixties and seventies. In 1973, Biasiny-Rivera founded En Foco—together with photographers Phil Dante and Roger Caban—as a collective of Puerto Rican photographers living in New York. Biasiny Rivera served as director of En Foco for over two decades.

Yasmin Ramirez
Courtesy of En Foco,Inc. Publishers of Nueva Luz, Bronx, NY