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Made by US

A photo series showcasing the fundamental role of BIPOC and immigrants in the fabric of the US.

Made by Us: The Queens Photo Series is a photo series showcasing a group of BIPOC and immigrant food makers across Queens, who are using food to represent their culture and bring prosperity to their communities.

The series is comprised of portraits, action shots preparing food, and a photograph of a staple dish or a tablescape representative of each one of the protagonist's traditions.

We want to portray the richness of Queens with their stories and culture as a vehicle, and use the unifying power of food to connect with the audience.

This project is our contribution to a timely conversation around the fundamental role of BIPOC and immigrants in the fabric of the US.

Our Project

We capture our protagonists in their element


A Portrait



An Action Shot



A tablescape


De Mole

A family business


De Mole is a family business. Founded by Ramiro and Mireya Mendez more than 12 years ago in Sunnyside, Queens, De Mole’s family has now expanded to include two more locations, Astoria, with a focus on seafood, managed by their son Jose Luis Mendez, and Williamsburg, owned and managed by Ramiro’s brother, Jose Luis Flores.

Their Pollo Con Mole is the staple dish, but their ceviches and aguachiles are also a must whenever you visit any of their locations..


The Artist

New York-based Colombian screenwriter, filmmaker and photographer born and raised in Medellin

David Manrique

David Manrique is a New York-based Colombian food photographer, filmmaker, and screenwriter born and raised in Medellin, with a background in digital marketing.

His media work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and Thrillist, as well as on television, and film festivals.

David is a James Beard Foundation Legacy Network alum, and recipient of multiple arts grants, such as Shutterstock’s Create Fund grant for diverse creators, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Queens Arts Fund to develop new work.

He’s also a member of Food Tank, Film Independent, and Professional Photographers of America.



We want to keep bringing these stories to the spotlight, so if you want to be featured or know someone who you think should be featured, please reach out via email.

We would love to hear from you!


We are thankful for the support of organizations and businesses that believe in the importance of these stories.