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Fotoseptiembre 2009: Small Town Texas

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Photographs by Ricardo Romo

Focus Gallery
August 22 - October 4, 2009

Fotoseptiembre

Photo of Waring General StoreFotoseptiembre is an international photography festival which celebrates photography and photography-based art forms. Since it began in 1996, Fotoseptiembre has sparked a surge in the interest of South Texas photographic arts. People ranging from well established artists to local activists to young amateurs display their work at this festival which has grown to include exhibits not only in San Antonio, but also in Austin, Houston, Boston, New York as well as Mexico City. Exhibiting photographers have come from as far as Peru, Canada, Germany, Belgium and India.

This exhibit examines the historical nature of small towns in Texas. As a dedicated observer of the small communities that dot the Texas horizon, Dr. Ricardo Romo embarked on a photographic journey with the goal of documenting the cultural and social features of a fading way of life.

Dr. Ricardo RomoSmall Town Texas, curated by Arturo Almeida, presents poetic landscapes captured in Floresville, Devine, Pearsall, Kingsbury, Cuero, Yoakum and Nixon explore the distinct local histories of people and places in Texas.

Dr. Ricardo Romo became the fifth president of The University of Texas at San Antonio in May 1999. A native of San Antonio's West Side, Dr. Romo graduated from Fox Tech High School and attended The University of Texas at Austin where he received a bachelor of science in education. He holds a master's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University and a Ph.D. in history from UCLA.

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