Fotografica Productions

  Stories that Nurture the Human Spirit


FILM SHORT                       


El Museo del Barrio, New York City              Sept   2018  -  January         2019

Caribbean Cultural Center, NYC                    Summer                                2019

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston                      Nov    2017  -   February      2018

Los Angeles County Museum of Art             June   2017  -  October        2017

Smithsonian Museum of Art, Wash DC         May    2017  -  August         2017

El Museo del Barrio, NYC                               March 2014  -  September   2014       



   The Afro-Descendant Project - Puerto Rico
portraits by Perla de Leon
  Reclaiming Identity and Honoring Our Ancestors
(watch trailer)

The Puerto Rican Civil Rights Movement

Surgeons operate with cell phones Oct 2017

Mayor of San Juan, Loiza, P.R.  Sept, 2017

Toa Baja, a dear friend's community Sept 2017

Elderly in mountain communities, Oct 2017


Loiza, Puerto Rico - December, 2017 Photos by Sylvia Calzada

March, 2018                                

Six months after the storm, deaf children          are less terrified of the night thanks to            your generous donation of  Solar Lights.

Every time we reach 250 lights, Luminaid ships to San Juan for distribution by friends and colleagues. Please forward link widely.

Sincerely, Perla

Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Photo by Carmen Velasco

Comerio, Puerto Rico, Photos by Ayala

Photos and  Blog by Perla de Leon   (click to view)

S.O.S. from Elderly - March, 2018


The Afro-Descendant Project - Puerto Rico  

Caribbean Cultural Center Afro-Bembe Festival, Summer 2019

Film Shorts

National Memorial for Peace and Justice    Montgomery, Alabama

The War on Vieques

Communities under fire, 1970s


Fine Art Prints



 Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

London Radio      

THE INTERCEPT: The Battle for Paradise

Naomi Klein, March, 2018

©20O8 Perla de Leon All Rights Reserved

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography

organized by Carmen Ramos, Chief Curator Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington DC

El Museo del Barrio, 104th Street & Fifth Avenue, New York City

44 female artists who lived and worked in

New York City from 1920-2020

January 2019 - January 2020

South Bronx Spirit

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Available at Barnes  Noble

  Perla de Leon was born in New York City.

She received an MFA in photography at Brooklyn College and attended Columbia University's Graduate Program in Film Directing. Perla taught photography and video production to           High School and College students, curated Latin American Photography exhibitions,                produced training videos for the Board of Education and freelanced in a variety of                       crew positions in television and film production.


Perla's photographs are in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and El Museo del Barrio and Gracie Mansion in NYC. Her work has been exhibited in museums in Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Houston, Los Angeles,                           Barcelona and New York City and has been published in Germany and Brazil.                                                     

NY Times Review: Smithsonian Museum                                       

NYTimes Review

Barcelona, 2020

EXHIBITIONS 2020- 2021


November 27- December 13, 2020



Gracie Mansion - NYC Mayor's Home built 1799

African Diaspora International Film Festival

© 1980 Perla de Leon

© 2020 Perla de Leon

National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Decade of Fire

PBS and Documentary Film Festivals 2019