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PRSUN RADIO

Elena Marrero will speak to PRSUN Radio this Wednesday (April 8) at 9 p.m.

BIO

Born in El Barrio, raised in Brooklyn, Elena “Mamarazzi” Marrero is a Bronx–based photojournalist.
 
As single parent raising 2 children, Elena attended Queens College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1986 majoring in Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Education minor. In 1990 she earned her Master’s Degree. She spent her entire teaching career in P.S. 145, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. Throughout her career, she taught grades Pre K to 7 and tutored foster children after school.  She also taught English as a Second Language to Adults at Queens College. During her last 5 years at P.S. 145, Elena taught Visual Arts to children from Pre-K to Grade 5.

After retiring from the NYC Board of Education in 2005, she became an avid photographer, a passion passed on to her from her mother, Helen, from the time she was a young girl.

Elena’s photos have been published in:

Brooklyn Arts Council‘s Folk Feet Cultural Dance Festival, advertisements and archives, El Boletín, Newsletter of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, Spotlight, the Annual Newsletter of Stages of Learning, Latin Beat Magazine, Voices, the Journal of New York Folklore Society, Puerto Rican Heritage Month 2007 and 2008 Calendar Journal, Comité Noviembre, El Diario, Latin Week New York, The Latino Alternative Newspaper, Co-op City Times, El Maestro. Centro Cultural y Educativo, Ave. C Café, Encuentro advertisement, Puerto Rico Sun (a cultural news and photoblog), The Town Hall Encore, Performing Arts Magazine and Nuyorican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble, Inc.


Her photographs have been exhibited at several art galleries in the area known as D.U.M.B.O, including BAC Gallery, 5+5 Gallery, Safe-T-Gallery, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, Goloborotko’s Studio, Brooklyn, NY, CARIB World Culture Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, Boricua College, NYC, Cemí Underground, El Barrio, NYC, Mayor Bloomberg’s Immigrant Heritiage Week Exhibition, Bronx Council on the Arts, Longwood Gallery, Hostos Community College and the East Harlem Arts Festival. In March 2009, she was a featured photographer in the Latinas enFoco/Celebrating Women in Photography group exhibit at the ClementeSoto Velez center in NYC (curated by artist Mia Roman Hernandez).

She self-published four books: 50th Anniversary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, 2007, “La Familia Claudio,”  from Puerto Rico to El Barrio, A Photo Documentary, Volume 1 and Buscando Nuestras Raices en Puerto Rico Con Comité Noviembre, A Photo Documentary, 2007 and Volume 2 in 2008.
   
Ms. Marrero’s photos can also be found in VirtualBoricua.org, flickr.com/Boricuation., Salsamerengue.com, Myspace.com, PuertoRicanPower.net, and several other websites promoting Latino Art/Culture as well as a variety of other themes.

Elena is a member of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Woman, Spanish-American Community Club of Co-op City Board of Director, En Foco, El Museo Del Barrio and the N.Y. Botanical Zoological Photographic Society.

She is the resident photographer for Cemi Underground, a Puerto Rican Bookstore/ Cultural/Latino establishment in El Barrio. She supports visual artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, activists, politicians, writers and poets by documenting their historical/cultural and artistic events. She contributes her photographs to them in order to promote their cause. 

She traveled to Los Angeles to document the 2nd Annual California Boricuafest 2007 and has traveled to Puerto Rico numerous times to photograph the Island.

Elena is a Mother and an “Abuela” to 20 month old Elijah Jackson and 4 1/2 year old Emma(Razzi), a budding photographer.
 
With her camera as her sidekick, Elena is known as “Mamarazzi.”

You can see her work on 
Flickr.com/mamarazzi1

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