Emilio Bañuelos has worked as an editorial photographer and consultant for newspapers in Mexico, Panama and the US. His documentary work earned him fellowships from the Poynter Institute, the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography and an award from EnFoco Inc. Emilio has taught photography since 2002 for such organizations as The Academy of Art University, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the University of Hawaii and through Black Boots Ink. He specializes in storytelling photography and is concerned with using photography as visual communication.

Emilio teaches workshops for people interested in exploring their community through photography.


I aspire to produce work that illuminates the multidimensional nature of people and the rituals that we perform in the pursuit of happiness. My photographs involve public settings, such as city streets, church rituals, and organized public gatherings; to compose new narratives that speak to our human interaction and our relationship to the shared environment we inhabit.

3 Bienal de Arte Latinoamericano del Bronx, Bronx Music Heritage Lab Art Gallery, New York 2012
Intimate Illusions, Dust-Mag, Book & Job Gallery San Francisco, CA 2012
Black Boots ink Rambla Cataluna, Guadalajara, MX. 2010
Black Boots Ink at Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2010
Casual Abyss, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA 2010
Wandering in the Company of Strangers, The De-Appropriation project, San Francisco, CA 2009
Trace Elements, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2009
Connections, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, New York, 2009
Bounty Photography Exhibition, Liberty Arts, Yreka, CA, 2008
Introducción by Black Boots Ink Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA, 2008
Black Boots Ink, Casa Escorza, Guadalajara, MX, 2008
Greyhound America, Museo Casa Taller José Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara, MX, 2007
Unas Botas Negras, Laboratorio de Arte Integral Centro Experimental, Guadalajara, MX, 2007
Greyhound America, The Rostel Gallery, Dunsmuir, CA, 2007
Black Boots Ink, Museo Casa Taller José Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara, MX, 2007
Southern Exposure Marks The Spot: Annual Art Auction, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA, 2007
EnFoco Inc. New Works #10, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY, 2007
We are Family, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, 2006
Codes of Conduct, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA, 2005
Oil Skin Sheds Water, 33Grand Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2005
Clockwork, Phantom Galleries, San Jose, CA, 2003
Lotería Mexicána, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose, CA, 2002