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Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (Querencias Series) Paperback – October 30, 2013
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The photographs have a feeling of immediacy and intimacy that allows you to see them as the work of a gifted and sympathetic witness, an artist who gets out of the way so you can see what he sees without the sense of an intermediary directing your emotions and responses. Unlike many photography books, the images are not presented in a museum-portfolio format. They move though the texts, and the texts move through them in a way that is thoroughly absorbing.
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NOTES ON THE PHOTOGRAPHS
I like to wander in search of a photograph. The truth of an image lies on the fringes of Life. Many of these images are made from such encounters: a little girl, happily swinging next to the border fence, or a stranger, asking me to take a picture of his pit bull.
The photographs in this book were made with M6 Leicas, using a 35 mm lens. All images were recorded on Fuji 400 professional color negative film.
At the start of this project, I realized I had the opportunity to show the border is not just fences, drug cartels, and murders. The border is the human condition: peoples struggling to find their identity and place in the world.
The first images I made for this book were of the pilgrimage in honor of La Virgen de Guadalupe in Tortugas, New Mexico. I wanted to make each image a true record of the iconography of Chicano culture. But I found a deeper understanding of what it means to be Chicano further into the project, while making photographs of individuals.
It is my hope these images convey the quiet dignity of a kind and generous people who allowed me to at once be an observer and a participant in their lives.
"You have the face of a gringo", said one, "but you have the heart of a Chicano."
Robert Kaiser (as told to Nani Kaiser)
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