Louis Carlos Bernal: Monografía

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Louis Carlos Bernal: Monografía

Photographer  Louis Carlos Bernal , Elizabeth Ferrer , Text by (Art/Photo Books)  Rebecca Senf
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A landmark survey of one of the most significant American photographers of the twentieth century

Best known for his intimate portrayals of barrio communities of the Southwest United States, Louis Carlos Bernal made photographs in the late 1970s and 1980s that draw upon the resonance of Catholicism, Indigenous beliefs, and popular practices tied to the land. For Bernal, photography was a potent tool in affirming the value of individuals and communities who lacked visibility and agency. Working in both black and white and in color, he photographed the interiors of homes and their inhabitants, often presenting his subjects surrounded by the objects they lived with--framed portraits of family members, religious pictures and statuaries, small shrines festooned with flowers, and elements of contemporary popular culture. Bernal viewed these spaces as rich with personal, cultural, and spiritual meaning, and his unforgettable photographs express a vision of la vida cotidiana--everyday life--as a state of grace. The first major scholarly account of Bernal's life and work by the esteemed historian Elizabeth Ferrer, Louis Carlos Bernal: Monograf a is the definitive book about an essential photographic artist.

Copublished by Aperture and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson

Elizabeth Ferrer is a writer, curator, and arts activist. She is the former vice president of contemporary art at BRIC in Brooklyn. Ferrer is the author of Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History (2021) and curator of the traveling exhibition of Bernal's work from the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, set to open in fall 2023.

ISBN: 9781597115575

ISBN-10: 9781597115575

Publisher: Aperture

Publication Date: 06/11/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/17/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 220

Language: English


Individual Photographers - Monographs

Photoessays & Documentaries

Subjects & Themes - Regional (see also Travel - Pictorials)