Manuello Paganelli

“Black Cowboys”


ARTIST STATEMENT

This portrait is from photo documentary on Black Cowboys which commenced in 1994, exploring and examining the elements and regional influences within this developed sub-culture. At the end of a hot dusty afternoon I was getting ready to pack my gear and drive away. It had been an uneventful day until I walked by the corral and was captivated by these two brothers that were relaxing between events. In that moment and with their stars and stripes in their eyes, with a glint of hope and young dreams, I saw the hardship endured by generations before. I loaded my Hasselblad with a roll of black and white Kodak T-Max and went to work.

ARTIST BIO

I never planned on becoming a photographer then I found the powerful work of Ansel Adams. Hypnotized, I called Mr. Adams, which lead to a mentoring friendship. My photo break began at The Chattanooga Times and soon after I left and continued on a successful career. I maintain a passion for sharing my subjects’ stories through documentary work. In 1995 my documentary from my Cuban project was exhibited. The Washington Post wrote: “Paganelli’s Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes… Paganelli brings an artist’s eyes and a native son’s sensibility to his superb photographs.”

Selected by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.