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Rhynna M. Santos

Rhynna M. Santos

Rhynna M. Santos is a Puerto Rico-born documentary photographer and teaching artist living and working in the Bronx. Ms. Santos’ art captures the beautiful, painful, funny, and endlessly complex lives and perspectives of people of color in her community.

In 2022 Ms. Santos’ work, “Reflections on Indigeneity in the Bronx,” was featured in the Photoville photography festival. Her exhibition #papielmaestro, a documentary exploration of the life of her father, jazz great, Ray Santos, was profiled by the New York Times in 2018. Later that same year, Santos was chosen as an En Foco Fellow and her work exploring the lives of Latina Muslims was exhibited at Andrew Freedman Home and featured in Nueva Luz Photographic Journal. She has also been featured in the New York Times, Race Related Instagram feed, for her project on BIPOC Star Wars fans, “Fandom, Race and the Force.” Additionally in 2018, she was recognized as a Lit List finalist by the Authority Collective. Her work has been featured in Jerome Avenue Workers Project 2015, Living Latina 2016, Photoville 2018 and Bronx Now 2018.

Santos is the founder of the Bronx Women’s Photo Collective and curator for the Instagram feed Everyday Bronx.

Current Exhibitions Featuring Rhynna M. Santos

Everyday Bronx

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 coming soon

Everyday Bronx is an exhibition based on the popular Instagram account, which celebrates the daily life and beauty of The Bronx.

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Fandom Unbound

Van Cortland Park
 coming soon

Rhynna M. Santos’ mission is to use the art of photography to document Star Wars plus size and other diverse fans frequently overlooked from the view of mainstream fandom.

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Archive Exhibitions Featuring Rhynna M. Santos

Reflections on Indigeneity in the Bronx

Van Cortland Park
 archive : 2022

Presented by The Bronx Women’s Photo Collective with Photoville and NYC Parks

The Bronx Women’s Photo Collective, a group of self-taught photographers, memorialize the story of their search for their Taíno roots through three original photography projects.

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The People That Are Within These Frames: A Community Offers Self-Portraits

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 3
 archive : 2021

The Bronx Documentary Center’s both senior and junior photo leagues were asked by the New York Times to make self-portraits; how they defined self-portrait was up to them. Their resulting images are an insight into who they are and what they’ve reflected on at home during the time of COVID-19.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Rhynna M. Santos

Jun 222022

CRAFTING YOUR CAREER: “Build Your Own Collective”

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned professional, every photographer needs a community.

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