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The Forgotten Americans
An Inside Look

View colonias through the lenses of 8th and 9th grade residents.


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The Colonias Photography project includes the work of eighth and ninth graders from Monte Alto and Elsa, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and Montana Vista and Sparks, located on the far eastern desert fringes of El Paso, Texas.

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The project’s primary objective was specifically to have these students show their own world through their own lenses. To this end, each student was given a 35-mm camera with 20 rolls of film and asked to take photographs of their everyday lives.

To help facilitate this project, noted documentary photographer Alan Pogue was brought in to provide preliminary instruction on the art of photographic composition.

The photographs in this section make up only a small portion of the thousands of photographs actually taken.


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