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Lone Star College-North Harris celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with international artist Oct. 12

International artist Jose-Pablo Fernandez will make a special presentation at Lone Star College-North Harris on Wednesday, October 12 at 2 p.m. in the GroupSpot area on the third floor of the college’s library. The community is invited to attend this free event.

“Each year, LSC-North Harris marks Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate their heritage and culture,” said LSC-North Harris Library Director, Christine Ramsey.” We are honored to have Jose-Pablo Fernandez come and share his work and discuss how Mexican history played such an integral part in his life.”

Fernandez’s presentation, “In the Back of Beyond / Tras Lomita,” will focus on photos and stories from his personal experiences traveling through Mexico, guiding his audience through the rich, visual history though his artistic eye.

According to Fernandez, “The Nostalgia Collection tells the story of the path that has filled the memory of the photographer with his own nostalgia. A path traveled by him today, away from his beloved Mexico, in order to show us that the memories of the beautiful homeland can be engraved in that magical instant captured by a photograph.”

At a young age, Mexico City native, Jose-Pablo Fernandez had developed an interest in photography. In 1961, his first major collection featuring a series of black and white photos taken in London, England, solidified his love for art as not only being a passion, but now a career that he could build on.

In 1982, Fernandez’s photography career took off in more ways than he could imagine. His photograph of The Fisherman of Yunuen was awarded the Grand Prize of Western Airlines Magazine. He was also recognized with the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts Magazine for two of his photographs for the book “Tequila” that were later published in the 1984 Photography Annual. In 1986, he published “Temoaya and Tierra Mexiquense.”

In 1987, Fernandez founded a publishing company that specialized in art books. Over the years, his publishing company has received more than twenty national awards. One of the most prestigious honors that Fernandez has received is for his best seller, “México Lindo” that was published for the President of Mexico and awarded the National Award of Merit.

In the early 90’s, he published a children’s book, as well as three other books on Mexico’s Indians. Fernandez was later featured on television in “United for Peace in Chiapas” to an international audience sharing photographs from this book.

Fernandez’s cultural roots have always played a big part in his life, and he wanted to do something to give back to the people of Mexico City, so he donated more than 4,000 photographs to the Museum of Anthropology where patrons could view his pieces as part of the museum’s exhibits.

For more information about the event, contact Christine Ramsey at 281.618.1185.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

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