Emilio Bañuelos earned his degree from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2000. He has since worked as a photographer and consultant for newspapers in Mexico and Panama, and as an editorial photographer for publications in Illinois, Hawaii and California. He specializes in storytelling photography and is interested in the use of photography as a form of visual communication.
He is the co-founder of Black Boots Ink. Black Boots Ink conducts national and international projects, fostering the introduction of individual artists, and collaborative exhibitions and publications about the rituals of life in the pursuit of happiness.
Emilio’s documentary work, which focused on religious rituals in Mexico, earned him a fellowship from the Poynter Institute and an award from the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography. His Greyhound America series earned him an award from EnFoco Inc.’s New Works.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Emilio has worked as an Arts Educator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has conducted international workshops for Black Boots Ink, the University of California Santa Cruz-Extension and the University of Coahuila’s School of Communication.
Emilio currently works with supplemental art programs as a youth mentor and photography instructor.