Leaders of Houston Cultura
by Chuy Benitez
This portrait series provides a photographic index of the previously undocumented Mexican-American and Spanish-speaking cultural leadership of Houston. The series takes environmental portraiture to its extreme: each subject is depicted within a fish-eyed, 360-degree perspective of a space that s/he has chosen to represent his/her personality. Thus far, Benitez has made 30 of a projected 100 portraits of cultural leaders - political activists, environmental activists, college professors, literary authors, musical talents, and successful entrepreneurs.
The series is on display through January 20, 2008 at Project Rowhouse in Houston.