Francisco Molina Reyes II
August 21st, 2010
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 photographs 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 technical career in Broadcast and Cable Television in the Southern Tier of New York.
After returning to New York City in 2007, Francisco resumed his career as an independent photographer and visual artist. Selections from his archive were published in the art journal ‘Black Renaissance Noire’ (Spring 2008), and are 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 El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (Hunter College) archives (2009). His work-in-progress ‘The Exile of Innocence’ (B/W images from the 70s-80s) previewed at the BronxArtSpace Gallery (2010) in a joint exhibition with veteran photographer Lisa Kahane.
In 2011, Francisco participated in the ‘DIA’ Exhibition at the prestigious NYPH’11 Festival. As a result, he, along with seven other photographers, were entered into the US Congressional Record in honor of their photo-documentation of the Puerto Rican / Latino community.
Francisco is the founder of MAMBOSO NUYOTOPIA Archives and MAMBOSO.NET – a non-profit website dedicated to photo-documenting the Nuyorican urban experience through art, culture & music. He currently lives in The Bronx.