By Sonnelys Nuez / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Jay Franco says he was surrounded by the arts from a young age. His family included artists and photographers.
Franco, a music producer, recording engineer and up-and-coming photographer from Washington Heights, says that members of his family imparted their knowledge and technique, instilling in him a love for the arts.
It was a single photo, however, that sparked Franco’s current endeavor: an exhibit tited “Faces of Hope.”
Last year, Franco, 26, had his first show, “NYC Over & Under,” which was exhibited at The Rio Galleries on Fort Washington Ave.
A friend saw the exhibit and asked Franco if he would donate his photo of a shirtless New Yorker on a pink bike; he agreed, and the photo was auctioned for $300, and the money donated to a California charity that supports breast cancer awareness.
Franco was hooked; the experience, he said, motivated him to use his art as a tool for raising consciousness and awareness.
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