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Exhibit showcases the ‘Family of Mexico’

Charles Benner black and white photograph exhibit, "The Family of Mexico," goes on display today at BriarPatch Co-op.
Submitted by Charles Benner |

Photographer Charles Benner opens a new exhibit, “The Family of Mexico,” at BriarPatch Co-op today through Jan. 3.

The black and white images depict his time spent in Mexico as a freelance journalist.

“As a young man seeking to become an artist, I came upon a book of photographs entitled ‘The Family of Man.’ Images therein of people the world over opened my eyes to the universality of mankind,” Benner wrote.

“The face of grief, fear, joy and wonder is the same in every culture and is a window into the human heart we all share. My dream to become a photojournalist was born.”

Finding inspiration in the book, he took it, along with a new camera and bag of black and white film to Mexico “to explore the terrain of soul and spirit, my own and that of a country. I was greeted with open-hearted generosity and, little by little, fell in love with the people and the place.

“With a prayer that this love emanates from these photographs, and with gratitude …”

Benner lived in Mexico City for 10 years, where he took photographs for Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism and became the official photographer for the world-famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. His photographs have appeared in magazines, and he has had a number of exhibits in Mexico City art galleries.

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