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Family and Dignity
January 25, 2023

Alan Pogue

Alan Pogue is an award-winning documentary photographer whose work has focused on social and political movements from Texas to the Middle East. Pogue’s love for photography developed during his years as a combat medic in the Vietnam War, prompted by “an urge to record what shocked me, as well as what was beautiful.” In the process of perfecting his skill, Pogue witnessed and advocated for justice – using the camera to capture the human context and to call attention to conditions needing remediation. In the United States, he visually documented conditions of farm workers, immigrants, and prisoners. Internationally, Pogue captured social conditions in several Latin American and Caribbean countries, the effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on ordinary people, and the lives and privations of Iraqis between the two recent wars.

Cesar Chavez, 1978 United Farm Workers Convention, San Juan, Texas. 1984

Silver gelatin print, 13 × 16in. Courtesy of Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas

Champion Hay Baler, 1981, Hereford, Texas. 1981

Photograph, 12 × 16in. Courtesy of Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas Austin, Texas