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Office of Multicultural Affairs—NYC

Photo Credits

Mel Wright

Mel Wright was born in Richmond Virginia in 1942. Since 1965, Mel has traveled the world photographing the human condition and capturing the splendor and visual essence of diverse cultures. His photographs reflect his journeys throughout Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia Nepal, Macao and India; Bali and Lombok; Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Zaire and Madagascar; Jamaica, Bahamas and Curacao; and Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. Mel has work in the collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library-and participated in many exhibitions including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, Massachusetts), and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Laura Ivette Santiago

Laura Ivette Santiago was born in El Barrio, Spanish Harlem during the late 1950’s. She has been a community mental health activist for over 30 years—and in her parallel life, Laura is a photographer, doll maker and storyteller.

Betty BP Cole

Even though she was born in New York City’s Spanish Harlem (El Barrio), Betty’s photographic landscape was Central Park at West 110th Street. Central Park engulfed her in the changing seasons. With camera in hand, she set out to capture the magic of nature. Betty went on to document the continuity and change of El Barrio and beyond and has appeared in numerous exhibits. She currently teaches photography at the City University of New York.