Francisco Molina Reyes II is a Nuyorican visual artist, born in the Bronx and raised in El Barrio, NYC. He began studying photography formally in 1973 with Harlem documentary photographer Shawn Walker while attending Hunter College. From 1975-80, 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, Inc. “Escuelita”.
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 had served as Music Editor for Latin NY Magazine (1980-82), before relocating to Upstate New York 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 while in service with the United Bronx Parents, Inc. have become 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 (2010).
Francisco currently lives in the Bronx.