the Witte Museum
Photo by Dr. Ricardo Romo
Well-known for his portraits of Selena, Rock & Roll concerts and Charreada competitors, Al Rendón has photographed Tejano culture in South Texas for decades. He has become one of the city’s most celebrated photographers with images appearing in various magazines, corporate offices and collected by the Smithsonian Institution.
In this Free Tuesday event, bring your friends and family to meet the artist and learn about his work—in his own words. Purchase your copy of the Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light: The Photography of Al Rendón book at the Bolner Family Museum Store, and engage with Rendón before experiencing the retrospective exhibition of his 50-year career.
Admission is available upon arrival, or reserve your Free Tuesday Admission online.
Al Rendón has been documenting his hometown, San Antonio, for over fifty years. He started as a teen, taking photos of rock bands, but he quickly transitioned to photos that captured San Antonio’s Mexican culture. He has photographed Conjunto and Tejano musicians, local artists, street food purveyors, Charreada competitors and people in their everyday lives.
His work with Conjunto and Tejano musicians led him to work with Selena. His photos of Selena were used as cover art for her 1992 CD Entre a Mi Mundo and various other photos of Selena have appeared on several magazines, including Newsweek and People; and her portrait is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian.
The exhibition Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light: The Photography of Al Rendón is presented by the Cheever Family Foundation and generously supported by Guillermo Nicolas and the WellMed Charitable Foundation. The book Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light: The Photography of Al Rendón is generously supported by Marsha Shields and the McCombs Foundation.
Read more about the artist on page 10.