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  • ICAA Record ID
    842153
    AUTHOR
    Wilde- Biasiny, Betty
    TITLE
    Introduction / Betty Wilde- Biasiny, Associate Editor ; Traducción por Dina Bursztyn
    IN
    Nueva Luz: Commemorative Issue (New York, NY). -- Vol. 7, no. 2 (2001)
    LANGUAGES
    English; Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Wilde- Biasiny, Betty. “Introduction.” Nueva Luz: Commemorative Issue (New York, NY), vol. 7, no. 2, 2001.
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    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
    ADDITIONAL AUTHORS
Synopsis

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.

Annotations

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.

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