Profile: Nestor Hernández (1961-2006)

Nestor Hernández was an American photographer and photojournalist based in Washington, DC. Hernández was best known for his street photography of his Washington, DC neighborhood as well as street scenes of Cuba, Ghana and Mali, where he led arts-based projects for children and young adults.


Hernández was born in 1961 in Washington, DC of an Afro-Cuban father and an African-American mother, and he grew up in the DC area knowing little of his Afro-Cuban ancestry and Cuban relatives.

Hernández was introduced initially to photography in high school through the Urban Journalism Workshop of the D.C. public schools. He spent 15 years as the photographer for the Capital Children’s Museum, and then became the chief photographer for the Washington, D.C. public school system. His photographs appeared in many publications.

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