:: NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE ::

Francisco Molina Reyes II

Artist Featured in Upcoming Exhibition
:: NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE ::

Francisco Molina Reyes II is a
Nuyorican visual artist, born in the
Bronx and raised in El Barrio, NYC.
He began studying photography
formally with Harlem documentary
photographer Shawn Walker, as part
of a Work/Study Internship @
Hunter College in 1973. From
1975 to 1980, he lived and worked as
a “street photographer” in the South
Bronx where he received a grant to
develop a Basic B/W Photography
Workshop at the United Bronx Parents “Escuelita”.
During a twenty-year period, Francisco spent part of that time photographing Latin music artists and performances at concert halls and clubs throughout New York City. His photos have appeared in various publications, including Latin New York Magazine, FAMA, Latino News, New York Latino, Newsday,The Daily News and El Diario/La Prensa in New York City. He also served as Music Editor for Latin NY Magazine (1980-82), before relocating to pursue a career in Film and Broadcast Television. Photos from Francisco’s collection were published in the journal Black Renaissance Noire (Spring 2008), and have become part of a permanent display at The Point (located in the Bronx) titled “From Mambo to Hip Hop” (2009). Several images taken during his service with United Bronx Parents, Inc. have ecome part of the El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (Hunter College) archives (2009). His work- in-progress “The Exile of Innocence” (B/W prints from the 70s-80s) previewed at the BronxArtSpace Gallery next to the works of celebrated photographer Lisa Kahane – “Lapses of Memory” (2010). Another collection of digital photographs titled “Nuyorican inParadise” is up for a 2010 BRIO Award. Also, in the works, is a joint collaboration with photographers Angel Franco, Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores, David Gonzalez and Edwin Pagan to be held at the LongwoodGallery in the Bronx, NYC (2010). Francisco currently lives in the Bronx.

Francisco Molina Reyes II

www.mamboso.net

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