luis carle photography

At The Moment! April 2019


Smithsonian Portrait Gallery is including this picture in a new book coming up in October 2019


Sylvia Rivera (with Christina Hayworth and Julia Murray) | by Luis Carle |Gelatin silver print, 2000 | part of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution acquisition.

AIPAD 2019 -SOLD at Throckmorton Fine Arts


Crowbar East Village, NYC. 1994

 11x14 B&W Silver Gelatin Print (printed by the artist) series 6 of 6   

Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Permanent Collection

En Foco Magazine "Nueva Luz" 12/2018


Artist Profile - Article. Nueva Luz - En Foco, Magazine. 

The issue includes a profile on prolific documentary photographer

 Luis Carle

Gay in The USA, Exhibit PRIDE 2019 Summer Show, NYC . at The Gay Center, west 13 street, Opening June 3rd.



Gay Center, NYC. 13 street.


June 3rd 201

Lady Bunny, The World,East Village NYC. circa 1990's



Gay Center, NYC. 13 street.


June 3rd 201



Luis Carle

Born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York City in 1984. 

Carle first studied photography at Parsons School of Design and worked as artist and photographer’s assistant to various well-known photographers, like Rebecca Blake, Michel Haddi, Mark Liddell, Arturo Melero and others…

In the 1990s, Mr. Carle started working for various magazines and newspapers including: Latina Magazine, CRN Magazine, Footwear News, El Diario La Prensa, San Juan Star and El Nuevo Día. Mr. Carle joined advertising campaigns like Cutty Sark, AT&T, OBRI Cosmetics, and participated in many documentary films. 

In 1992 he founded and directed O.P. Art, Inc. (The Organization of Puerto Rican Artists, Inc.), a not-for-profit run by artist’s collective, that has been recognized as an important source of Latin art by the New York Regional Center of the Smithsonian Institute (1999), The Museum of Modern Art (2006), the NYC Library, and accepted by NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program. Luis was the visual arts curator for the NuyoRican Poets Café in the East Village, New York.

Mr. Carle’s photographs have captured the essence of a life well lived and have received numerous critics from The New York Times, Daily News and other art magazines; and have been covered extensively in television and radio programs.

His art work has appeared in galleries and museums in New York, including the Museo del Barrio’s first S-Files Biennial (1999), The African American Museum, Centro Gallery at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College), MOCADA: Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, and The Museum of Modern Art; and abroad, in The Caribbean Museum (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), Museo of Contemporary Arts (Puerto Rico), Museo de las Americas (Puerto Rico), The Hague Arts Center (The Hague, Netherlands) and the Sarkowsky Gallery (St Petersburg, Russia). 

Luis has photographs in the permanent collections of The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC) and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York).



I use my camera to document the world  with a focus on the magic I find in daily life. My pictures tell stories. 

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