About me

I got my "dream job" as a photojournalist with the A.P. in 2001 based in Venezuela where I covered political, financial and social issues for six years. Becoming a photo editor in 2007 changed the focus of my photography, as I began choosing personal projects to work on. The transition was eye opening, which I write about in a guest post on Camera Oscura titled Changing Perspectives.

My documentary photography about the women of charreria, Mexico's national sport, are honored with awards from the National Press Photography Association (N.P.P.A.) and the sport inspired me to create the website The Art of the Escaramuza, a resource about this beautiful charro sport for riders, tourists and artists. Currently I'm looking for a book publisher interested in my entire collection of color images from this project.

    I began my photography career in Dallas, Texas, after which I worked as a photographer at the The Brownsville Herald newspaper, which is located on the border with Mexico. My tenure in Brownsville was my first full time photography job after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. During college, I worked as a photographer at The Daily Texan student paper, did a summer internship at New York's Newsday and studied fine art in Spain to learn Spanish.

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