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Humphreys

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the donation of Chihuahuan Photographs by Larry G. Humphreys, a collection of strong and unique images of village life in San Carlos, Chihuahua. Humphreys is a 1968 graduate of the University of Texas with extensive graduate and post-graduate training in photography.

San Carlos (also known as Manuel Benavídez) is a small ranching village about 20 miles south of the Rio Grande, below Terlingua, Texas, west of the Big Bend. During the winter of 1983, Humphreys documented daily life in this community, supported by a grant from Mimi Webb Miller of Terlingua and Enrique and Ruby Madrid of Redford, Texas. During those 3 months, he produced over 320 color transparencies and 1550 black and white negatives from which the images here were selected.

The photographer used a Rollie 35S camera and Sonnar 2.8 40 mm lens. He wrote, "the quality of this particular lens and of the winter light during those months was exceptional." Professor of photography, James L. Enyeart, Director of the Marion Center, College of Santa Fe, said these images "reveal a fine sense of craftsmanship, a keen eye for the social and emotional content of his subjects, and an appreciation for the documentary style."

benson logoThe Larry G. Humphreys Collection is a recent addition to the documentary photographs section of the Benson Collection, over 93,500 images for research in Latin American history, anthropology, architecture and culture. For more information on its photographic or archival collections, contact the Benson Collection Rare Books Section, (512) 495-4520; e-mail: blac@lib.utexas.edu.

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