FotoFest Spotlights Unsung Masters in "Faces of History - Latin America"

There are, sardonically speaking, a lot more historically renowned Latin American photographers than the Bravos.

Beginning this summer, FotoFest, along with New York's Arts Brookfield, are hosting an exhibit that will spotlight shutterbugs like Romualdo García, Agustín Víctor Casasola and Juan José de Jesús Yas. These photographers, should, in some ways, be mentioned alongside Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo.

The works in "Faces of History - Latin America" will include rarely seen portraiture shot and printed south of the Bravo/Tina Modotti/Edward Weston hotbed of image-making.

Aside from the Mexican-born García, the other featured photographers lived and created in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru. This includes a stirring circa 1910 archival image of a group of teachers and schoolchildren documented by Bolivian Julio Cordero.

The show -- organized by FotoFest and New York's Arts Brookfield -- will focus on "the mass availability of photography as an instrument for personal portraiture and collective communication and the emergence of new social classes created by the industrial growth of the late 1800s and early 1900s in Latin America," reads a FotoFest press release.

The exhibit will hang from June 6 through August 5, at Allen Center One, 500 Dallas Street. An opening reception is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9.

Check out the FotoFest website for more information.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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