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Benjamín de la Calle (1869-1934, Colombia), Carlos Alberto Suárez,
San Sebastían, Cauca, Medellín Colombia
, 1906
Silver Gelatin Contact Print from Glass Plate Negative

June 6 - September 2, 2011 - EXTENDED

FotoFest at Allen Center
500 Dallas Street and 1200 Smith Street [map]
Houston,Texas 77002

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7am - 6pm or by appointment

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FotoFest joins with Arts Brookfield, a year-round free arts program sponsored by Brookfield Office Properties, to present a new exhibition of renowned Latin American photographers at One and Two Allen Center in Downtown Houston.

Faces of History – Latin America highlights important late 19th and early 20th Century photographers from five Latin American countries - Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. Their works are a profile of change – the mass availability of photography as an instrument for personal portraiture and collective communication and the emergence of new social classes created by the industrial growth of the late 1800s and early 1900s in Latin America.

Faces of History – Latin America is a partnership between FotoFest and Arts Brookfield to present more visual art in downtown Houston. Headquartered in New York, Brookfield Office Properties owns and manages premier properties on two continents and is one of the largest owners of commercial real estate in North America. The company has developed strong year-round programming throughout their North American portfolio. In Houston, Brookfield owns and manages 10.9 million square feet in 10 properties in downtown’s Central Business District.


Melitón Rodríguez (1871-1942, Colombia) Calle de Junin  [Junin Street], Medellín Colombia, 1920

Carlos and Miguel Vargas (1885-1979, Peru) Anatomy Lesson [Clase de anatomía], Arequipa, Peru, c. 1920

“We are proud to co-present Faces of History with FotoFest. Our partnership is an excellent example of how we work with important cultural entities in Houston by providing public spaces for exhibitions and new audiences for the art being presented,” said Paul Layne, Executive Vice President, Houston, Brookfield Office Properties.

The exhibition, curated and organized by FotoFest for Allen Center by Senior Curator Wendy Watriss, features the work of Benjamín de la Calle (Colombia), Agustín Víctor Casasola (Mexico), Julio Cordero (Bolivia), Romualdo García (Mexico), Melitón Rodríguez (Colombia), Carlos and Miguel Vargas (Peru), and Juan José de Jesús Yas (Guatemala). These artists and their studios were important institutions in their time, recording life across economic and social lines, from native laborers to the wealthy and politically powerful, in these bustling, turn of the century, Latin American cities.

Featured Artists

Benjamín de la Calle (1869-1934, Colombia)
Agustín Víctor Casasola (1874-1928, Mexico)
Julio Cordero (1879-1961, Bolivia)
Romualdo García (1852-1930, Mexico)

Melitón Rodríguez (1871-1942, Colombia)
Carlos Vargas (1885-1979, Peru) and
Miguel Vargas
(1887-1976, Peru)
Juan José de Jesús Yas (1844-1917, Guatemala)

Romualdo Garcia (1852-1930, Mexico)
Sin Título [Untitled], Guanajuato, Mexico c.1905-1914


Tours are informal, free and open to the public.

Thursdays at Noon
June 16 & 23 and July 7 & 21

FotoFest offers free tours for groups of any number and of all ages.
ours may be scheduled during the day, in the evening or on Saturdays.
Arrangements may also be made for refreshments.

Reserve a tour for your group by contacting Jennifer Ward,
or at 713.223.5522 ext 18.


Discounted valet parking available
Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown
400 Dallas Street [map]

Please have your ticket validated at the Allen Center One information desk.
Access to Allen Center from the Doubletree Hotel is through the hotel’s Mezzanine level.

Parking is also available at the Allen Center Garage (300 Clay) and the Heritage/Clay St. Parking Garage (1200 Bagby).
Metered Street Parking is available on Dallas Street and other surrounding streets.


The Houston Endowment; The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; Texas Commission on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; The Wortham Foundation; Judith and Gamble Baldwin; Continental Airlines; FotoFest Board of Directors; iLand Internet Solutions; KUHF 88.7 FM; HexaGroup; Vine Street Studios; Weingarten Realty; The Oshman Foundation; William and Rosalie Hitchcock; Frazier King; The Samuels Foundation – Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community of Houston. Brookfield Properties - Faces of History


Juan José de Jesús  Yas (1844-1917, Guatemala)
Sin Título [untitled], Guatemala, c.1880-1916


Agustín Víctor Casasola (1874-1928, Mexico)
Tropas federales antes de salir hacia La Laguna, para combatir a revolucionarios constitucionalistas, [Federal Government Troops Before Leaving for La Laguna to Fight Constitutionalists Revolutionarie]
c. 1913


Julio Cordero (1879-1961, Bolivia) Husband and Wife
[Pareja Chola], La Paz, Bolivia, c. 1915