This week I visited the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. While I have visited quite a few museums in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I had never visited this one. I was impressed with the art selection and how diverse all the artwork is. The exhibition called “Avedon in Texas” by Richard Avedon especially caught my attention because I felt it most related to me personally as well as to what we have been discussing in class. Personally, the photos in this exhibition related to me because there a few photos taken in El Paso, Texas which is my mother’s birthplace. I truly appreciate the rawness of the photos and how he could capture the people in their element. I also related his work to what we are studying in class. In the poem, “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes he talks about the forgotten people, those who still believe in American values, those who work night and day, and those that despite the struggle still have hope in this great country. I think that even though Langston’s poem and Avedon’s photography took place at different times in history I could use these photos as the backdrop to this poem. The essence of the people is clear, the struggle that they experienced is real, and the look in their eyes can pierce the heart of anyone. In the poem performed by Manuel Gonzalez, he talks about what being a Chicano is all about. Gonzalez states, “being Chicano is the passion in my heart, being humble yet knowing when to fight”, this is the emotion shown in the eyes of the oil workers in Avedon’s photos. I cannot help but picture in my mind the passion, humbleness, and respect that Gonzalez talks about and how it is seen so brilliantly in the eyes of these people. The exhibition is a reminder of the forgotten, of those that work hard day in and day out, of those that do not need an Instagram filter or likes to be real but rather the look in their eyes and the sweat of their brow after a hard day’s work to gain the respect they deserve. In conclusion, Avedon in Texas is a great photography exhibition that relates not only to Texans but to all American’s. It serves as a great reminder of what this great country is made of, resilience, hard work, and dedication.