Luis Carle


Luis Carle is a Puerto Rican born artist photographer, has been capturing the essence of life through the lens of his camera since the early 1980s. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Carle developed a deep passion for artistic expression and embarked on a journey that would take him from the shores of his homeland to the vibrant streets of New York City. In the early 1980s, Carle found himself immersed in the world of crafts, experimenting with different artistic mediums. It was during this time that he began to explore the unique intersection of photography and craftwork, combining the two to create captivating and thought-provoking pieces. His work focused on documenting the ways queer and Puerto Rican diasporic subjects reinvent themselves and their surroundings in their everyday lives. Through extravagant gestures and performances, these individuals would transform not only themselves but also their relationship to space.

Always driven by his emotions, feelings, and vivid visions, he poured his heart and soul into his artwork. He channeled his creativity into creating mini books, allowing him to share his stories and experiences in a tangible format. Seeking to expand his artistic horizons further, he delved into the world of macramé, exploring a different visual language to convey his unique perspective. In 1995, Carle was diagnosed with lung cancer. He turned his adversity into a catalyst for artistic innovation. Leveraging his background in photography, he began silk screening his photographs onto fabrics, ingeniously using the medium to create mini pillows that represented his own blood cells. He pushes the boundaries of cinema, employing unexpected angles, eliciting performative gestures, superimposing locations, coloring prints, and manipulating time and motion in space.

Sylvia Rivera, Christina Hayworth and Julia Murray by Luis Carle Digital Print from an edition of 15 prints 11 x 14 2000 Photography Black and White An edition of 4 prints 20x24 acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Museo del Barrio in NYC and the Museum of the City of New York.