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We Been Here

by William Camargo

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.

Softcover singer-sewn, 4-color risograph with screen print, 10 in. x 8 in., edition 250, 44 pages, 2022

Published & Printed by Seaton Street Press