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.
projects 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.
help facilitate this project, noted documentary photographer Alan
Pogue was brought in to provide preliminary instruction on the
art of photographic composition.
photographs in this section make up only a small portion of the
thousands of photographs actually taken.