Ananda Nahu in New York

Brazilian muralist Ananda Nahu has made her way to New York after a 8 year dream started by her and her husband Izolag after encountering my photos on Flickr.  The dream is only half complete because only one of them was able to make it here after a receiving a grant from CEC Arts link.  The original plan, which Linda Cunningham proposed from BronxArtSpace was to fund one of them and get the funding for Izolag.  CEC Arts Link denied the first proposal which included both Ananda and Izolag last year.  Ananda applied again and was able to make it.  But the dream of having the three of us exhibit at the BronxArtSpace failed for the second time.  Ananda is now rocking New York, one mural at a time with the hope of gaining a joint exhibition which will include all of us.  Here is a glimpse of the uncompleted piece of Adeleine at BRIC House in Brooklyn.


Adeleine by Ananda Nahu at BRIC House

BK Live 3/5/14: Ananda Nahu & Jeremy Thal segment from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo.

The Man who didn’t own a Carriage or a Whip

John H. White

John H. White gathered his thoughts in moment of quiet before speaking.

The Man who didn’t own a carriage or a whip.

John H. White’s name is synonymous with excellence in the field of photojournalism. A tireless teacher whose one manta “Keep In Flight” is infused in all aspects of his work and personal philosophy.

John was one of 28 staff photographers for the Chicago Sun-Times that was fired because, according to the new owner, John Ferro, the staff were akin to “…a carriage driver and the cars come and you’re really upset that you can’t have your buggy whip and hit your horse anymore.”

A gross and out of touch metaphor for the changing world of photojournalism that had already converted to digital photography years ago.

His solution? Give his reporters Iphones and let them let them fill the void created with the elimination of an entire department. Experience, integrity, ethics, all on the cutting block before the deal was even signed. A vast and powerful culture of photography, gone. One look at remains of the Sun-Times and all you see is a barren, gray lifeless husk. A wasteland of shortsightedness that no amount of arrogance can cover up.

In the middle of all that is John H. White, a Black man of quiet dignity and spiritual elegance who represented, along with the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times, decades of excellence in photojournalism. He exhorts colleagues and everyone he meets to “Keep in Flight” soar above those who don’t understand who you are, what you represent and keep following your dream and heart. That can never be taken away from you.

It was great talking to this man, even if it was just for a brief period of time during the En Foco – Dedicated to Cultural Diversity in Photography and the Lucie Foundation panel. It was through learning about him, that I come to find out that he was the mentor of someone who supported me when I was on my last legs as a photographer, close to 20 years ago, Michelle Agins, a brand new shooter for the New York Times, who, while working on the photo desk after being injured on the job, gave me freelance gigs to keep me afloat. It was through her and other photographers there, such as James Estrin and Suzanne DeChillo, that I was able to get my job at The Journal News and LoHud.

We in the Seis Del Sur know that experience intimately, serendipity. It demonstrates how wide one man or woman’s reach can have on people that they never met. Or how Los Seis gravitated to one another during this part of our journey.

Mr. White is now looking to “refuel” while in flight as he enters the next stage of his life. Yet, strangely, he manages to keep us in flight at the same time.

Mr. White, it was great flying beside you for a brief time.

Ricky Flores, October 29, 2013.

En Foco/In Focus: Ricky Flores

En Foco/In Focus: Ricky Flores


This is the first entry in a series of interviews by Jessica Juliao and Collette McGruder, both emerging photographers and CIIS students. They will be interviewing artists whose works are featured in the exhibition En Foco/In Focus, selections from the first permanent photography collection in the country dedicated to U.S.- based artists of Latin American, African, Asian, and Native American heritage. The exhibition opens for the first time on the West Coast on Jan. 22, 2013, at CIIS.

Check out Seis Del Sur  for more information on upcoming show at the Bronx Documentary Center.

Witness to History: The photographers of 9/11

Tuesday, September 6, 2011    Last updated: Wednesday September 28, 2011, 4:46 PM
The Record


“An anonymous man plummeting headfirst toward certain death.

A trail of smoke billowing from two dying skyscrapers.

Three resolute firemen on the edge of a battlefield, hoisting a tattered flag — more than 300 of their fallen brethren buried in the debris behind them.

Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the day the World Trade Center towers were attacked and came crashing down, news photographers captured the shocking images that are now etched in our collective memories.”

For more of the article, video and photos click HERE.


My Latino Voice; Seis Del Sur


“Close to 100 people filled the 15th floor conference space on September 29th for the Los Seis del Sur photo exhibit, sponsored by VOCES, the New York Times’s Latino Affinity Group.  The attendees – artists, activists, journalists and leaders in the Latino community – were treated to a slideshow and discussion by Los Seis, six award-winning Boricua photographers (with several Pulitzers among them). The event was part of the New York Times’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.”  -Rosa Alonso for My Latino Voice