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 over the Rio Grande to Ciudad Juárez. 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 everyone said yes. I’d place them under the harsh Southwestern sun and 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 move in closer, plant my macro lens in front of them and shoot the topographies of their faces on Panatomic-X. Here’s a sampling of the 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@