February 23, 2008
The lens of African-American photographer Tony Gleaton always focuses on people no
one else photographs.
He focuses on the kinky hair of Mexicans of African descent who live on the coast
of Guerrero, on the dark faces of the Tarahumara people of the Chihuahua highlands,
on the customs of the Samoan people.
“The photographs I make try to define my own life, my African and European heritage,” says Gleaton, a professor at Texas Tech University. “It's also an effort to bring to light certain aspects of the intermingling of different peoples, the assimilation of Asians, Africans and Europeans with the indigenous peoples of the American continent.”