Daniel Ramos

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Artist Statement

Eres Muy Hermosa (You are Very Beautiful) is a series of portraits of the working-class in Northern Mexico, taken in bars and clubs at night in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon with a 4x5 view camera and studio strobes. I began this series in 2018.

 

Although I was born in Chicago, I have travelled between Chicago and Monterrey since my youth, always making photographs and preserving my cultural and personal history. As both an insider and an outsider to these places, I wanted the people I photographed to know that they are worthy of a portrait, to magnify their presence in the world, and for them to begin to think differently about how they feel about themselves.

 

I found out that most had never had a photograph taken of themselves or even imagined they would have the money to invest in a studio portrait until I came along with my camera. It is for this reason that I decided to introduce props and photo-strobes inside these establishments to create a studio environment so the sitters could feel respectable.

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Eres Muy Hermosa (You are Very Beautiful)

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