Louis Carlos Bernal
Featuring images ranging from Lubbock to San Diego, Phoenix to Mexico City, the collection focuses on photographs that that Bernal had himself selected and printed, many of which had limited public exposure during his lifetime. The book includes essays by Ann Simmons-Myers, James Enyeart, Luis Jimenez, Patricia Preciado Martin, and Leslie Marmon Silko.
Louis Bernal was a spiritual conduit for the beauty of life in the barrio, an artist who saw portraiture as a powerful champion of the human spirit. This book captures the many facets of that beauty and spirit as it celebrates the work of a gifted photographer for whom the barrio was not merely a place of residence, but a way of life.
"A must-see for photography students . . . The photographs expose the compassionate eye and deliberate hand of an artist who lacks his due recognition. Perhaps this lucid book will change all that."—Multicultural Review