Picturing the barrio: Ten Chicano photographers

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Mexican American life, like that of nearly every contemporary community, has been extensively photographed. Yet there is surprisingly little scholarship on Chicano photography. Picturing the Barrio presents the first book-length examination on the topic. David William Foster analyzes the imagery of ten distinctive artists who offer a range of approaches to portraying Chicano life. The production of each artist is examined as an ideological interpretation of how Chicano experience is constructed and interpreted through the medium of photography, in sites ranging from the traditional barrio to large metropolitan societies. These photographers present artistic as well as documentary images of the socially invisible. They and their subjects grapple with definitions of identity, as well as ethnicity and gender. As such, this study deepens our understanding of the many interpretations of the “Chicano experience.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages187
ISBN (Electronic)0822982382, 9780822982388
ISBN (Print)0822964392, 9780822964391
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Foster, D. (2017). Picturing the barrio: Ten Chicano photographers. University of Pittsburgh Press.