Visual Storytellers Discover Doña Ana

Photojournalists of the Journalism 412 class concluded its Small Village New Mexico Project, Spring 2017, with a visit to the community of Doña Ana, the oldest in southern New Mexico that was established along El Camino Real. Former state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia caught up with some students touring her village and told them about her village history and also her ancestors, the De La O family.

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Storytellers share their visual impressions of Mesilla

Picturesque Mesilla, N.M., known for its plaza that is a National Historic Landmark, was founded in the late 1840s as a colony of Mexico and became part of the United States in 1853. Its adobe architecture and stately church, the Basillica of San Albino, attract visitors – and photographers, including student photojournalists who documented it as part of the Small Village New Mexico project developed by professor Bruce Berman in conjunction with the NMSU archives.

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Students will also photograph Doña Ana in late March, when former state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia will discuss the community’s history along the Camino Real and open the historic mission, the church of Our Lady de la Candelaria, for photography. Visit this website for student posts about that part of the project.

FACES in the crowd

Photo by Monika Chavez Valtiera
Photo by Monika Chavez Valtiera

NMSU Visual Storytellers fanned out through southern New Mexico and El Paso to make both environmental and close-up portraits of family, friends and complete strangers last week.

Their images reflect the diverse community students call home during their studies at New Mexico State University.

View the slideshow below to see more photographs.

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