Lizzie Chen

The Picture Show
9:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Donna De Cesare's Lens On Central America, Children And Civil War

Donna De Cesare (second from left) and the family of Carlos Perez, who took the photograph. De Cesare met Perez when he was 18 years old and was involved with gangs, and they became close friends. He became her photo assistant, slowly eased out of gang life and is now a working artist.
Courtesy of Carlos Perez

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:47 pm

"Be a human first and a journalist second," Donna De Cesare once told me.

Even before she became my professor at the University of Texas, Austin, I had been well aware of De Cesare's work and the recognition it had earned her — like a Fulbright fellowship and the Dorothea Lange prize from Duke University — so I was pretty daunted by the time I enrolled.

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The Picture Show
8:56 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Documenting West Texas And Big Bend National Park

Judy Majers, known as the Burro Lady
Courtesy of James H. Evans

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 11:07 am

Big Bend National Park lies in West Texas, surrounded by mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. It's one of the least-visited national parks in the country, according to the National Parks Service.

For those simply passing through, it can be hard to capture the spirit of the place — which is why photographer James H. Evans moved there in 1988, and has never left.

"The big difference of living out here is that in the city the stars are on the ground, and here the stars are in the sky," Evans says over the phone.

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