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Penny de los Santos September 25, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Tejano culture in Laredo, Texas, 2002

Penny de los Santos (b.1968, Wurzberg Germany, U.S. Military Base) is a documentary photographer based in Texas. Her clients include National Geographic Magazine, Saveur Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek among others. She has received numerous awards and grants including the World Press Joop Swart Master Class, National Geographic Photography Grant, National Press Photographer’s Association College Photographer of the Year 1998, 1998 Recipient National Geographic Photography Internship, Kodak Eddie Adams Workshop Grant, Marty Forsher Fellowship from the Parson’s School of Design NYC and a Kodak Profession Grant in conjunction with World Press Master class.

About the Photograph:

“In 2002 I was awarded the National Geographic Photography Grant to continue my ongoing documentary work on the Texas/Mexican border and Tejano culture. This region of Texas is a place where cultures clash and are constantly being redefined. I spent a total of four years developing the body of work, to this day I am still documenting the culture and the geography. This photograph was taken in the Texas/Mexico border town of Laredo. The young woman is being fitted for a dress by the designer, at right, her mother and designers assistants. She is being introduced into “high society” at a ball and pageant that happens annually by the Society Of Martha Washington. This induction into “high society” is based on family heritage and class and has been passed down from generation to generation since the 1950’s.”

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