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Betty Wilde-Biasiny recounts the emergence of the photography collective, En Foco [Focused], to the rise of alternative artist-run spaces and collectives in New York City during the 1970s. Wilde-Biasiny states that En Foco’s promotion of cultural diversity and accessibility in the arts are a testament to the idealism of that time. She ponders En Foco’s leadership in exhibiting the work of photographers from diverse heritages in New York by collaborating with institutions such as El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum, Art in General, and The New Museum. The author further notes that commissioning prominent photography critics to write in En Foco’s photography magazine, Nueva Luz, helped minority photographers gain mainstream exposure.
In 1973, Charles Biasiny-Rivera founded En Foco together with fellow photographers Phil Dante and Roger Caban as a collective of Puerto Rican photographers living in New York City. Biasiny-Rivera served as director of En Foco for over twenty years. His wife, Betty Wilde-Biasiny was, in turn, associate editor of Nueva Luz magazine, and she wrote this essay to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of En Foco.