I returned to my hometown of El Paso, Texas in 1982 and over the next few years shot hundreds of portraits of the people who populated its downtown near the bridge that connected it to Ciudad Juárez, across the Rio Grande. As a smorgasbord of Mexicans and Americans flowed back and forth and up and down South El Paso Street, I’d dip into the crowd and inquire of individuals if I might please take their photo. Almost every one said yes. They’d stand back and brush off their shirt or pat their hair and I’d say no, no, that’s okay, and I’d place them under the hard Southwestern sun, plant my macro lens-equipped Canon A1 in their kissers, and shoot the topographies of their faces on Panatomic-X. Here’s a good-sized sampling of the handsome men and women I met that way:
Signed artist pigment proofs of any of these images are available for collection:
14″ x 21″ on 17″ x 22″ Museo archival cotton paper. $500@
12″ x 18″ on 13″ x 19″ Museo archival cotton paper. $300@
7″ x 10.5″ on 8.5″ x 11″ Museo archival cotton paper. $125@