Emerging Photographer Fund – 2013 Shortlist
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EPF 2013 shortlist
Dominic Bracco II
My Republic is a personal exploration of the South Texas border region where I was raised.
The Republica Del Rio Grande lasted only a year. The new nation’s commanders were executed by Mexican troops, (one of which was a distant – ok very distant relative,) and their legacy was largely forgotten. Turmoil didn’t end with the fall of the Republic. The Nueces Strip, South Texas, whatever you might want to call it, has always been a place in conflict. It was a front line between Native Americans and foreign settlers, The Mexican Independence, The Mexican Revolution, The Civil War, The Texas Revolution, The Mexican American War, and now the conflict that has gripped northern Mexico for almost a decade.
South Texas is where the ‘Tex meets the Mex’. The highways of ‘el Valle’ are filled with trucks heading north to bring products to the U.S., both legal and illegal, and the ranches have long been smuggling routes for people, guns, and money. It is the front door to America.
This first set of images are the beginning of a long term project on the region, highlighting current and past events that have created the abrasive culture that exists there.
Dominic Bracco II explores the effects of global economics on local communities. Although he works internationally, Dominic’s work often returns to document the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the Texas / Mexico border region where he was raised. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish literature from The University of Texas at Arlington. Past clients include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Dominic is also a founding member of the collective Prime. He is based in Mexico City.