More haunting than macabre, Dominic Bracco’s photographs of Ciudad Juárez evoke a world where seemingly stark moral boundaries are blurred by the gritty realities of poverty and endemic violence—a chronicle of life and death, of grief and loss, in the most violent city in North America. This event offers faculty, students, and the public at large an opportunity to engage in conversation with an investigator who has seen first hand the impact of America’s illegal drug market on the social, economic, and political life of Mexico, particularly the border region. Co-sponsored by Texas State's Center for the Study of the Southwest, Wittliff Collections, and Department of Sociology, the evening will include a reception, discussion, and Q&A with the photographer.
Life and Death in the Northern Pass, a collection of 30 color images by photojournalist Dominic Bracco II, is now on display at Texas State's Brazos Hall through the end of January 2013. Bracco’s work has been exhibited at galleries in London and Washington D.C. and published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Texas Monthly magazine, among others. In 2011 Bracco was honored with a Eugene Smith fellowship and a Pictures of the Year International Award, and he received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. He was also a 2011 finalist for the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, the Michael P. Smith Grant, and the Emerging Photographer Fund grant. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish literature from The University of Texas at Arlington. A founding member of the photography collective Prime, Bracco lives in Mexico City.