Cover, We Been Here, William Camargo, image source: Seaton Street Press

Work Description

We Been Here depicts Anaheim, California, as a contested site, examining gentrification, colonized land, and Mexican, Chicanx, and Latinx histories. Camargo's work considers how Orange County's Anaheim is often portrayed through homogenous mythologies, demarcated by the entertainment resort Disneyland, and yet home to a brown working class. We Been Here enacts counterstories to challenge the erasure and mischaracterization of Latinx communities, revealing buried histories of oppression and disempowerment in the region contrasted by community activism. By centering the lived experiences of people of color, Camargo inserts the importance of photographic narratives to empower and rewrite dominant canons of lens-based practices, picturing Anaheim for whom it represents. The publication features photography by William Camargo, an essay by Joseph Daniel Valencia, and poetry by Jesús Cortez and Jose García.

Release Place Philadelphia, PA, United States of America
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2022
Author: William Camargo
Designer: Lindsay Buchman
Artist: William Camargo
Printrun 250
Topics Chicanx, Latinx, Orange County (Ca)
Methods Photography, Poetry, Risograph
Work Creation Date 2022
Dimensions 8.0 × 10.0 inch
Pages 44
Technique Risograph, Screen Print