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Woman Welder, Coal Blvd. and Interstate 25, Albuquerque

Woman Welder, Coal Blvd. and Interstate 25, Albuquerque, 1983
Miguel A. Gandert (American, born 1956)
selenium-toned chloro-bromide print, 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (40.3 x 50.5 cm)
Gift of Miguel A. Gandert from the New Mexico Photographic Survey Project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with individual support from Sunwest Bank of Santa Fe, 1985

Miguel Gandert, was born in Española, the descendant of Spanish settlers of Mora, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. Raised in Santa Fe, he began photographing the people around him in 1968, earning an MA in photography at the University of New Mexico. He received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico, where he is currently a full professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. A photojournalist, he considers himself an Indo-Hispano and has spent the last twenty years documenting this culture, often photographing those on the fringes of society, including cholos, bikers, low riders, boxers, teen-age mothers, and Mexican immigrants.

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