2001 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Singles, 1st prize

Lara Jo Regan

for Life

12 March, 2000

The Sanchez family at home in a Texas colonia. They live in one of the state’s many colonias - unincorporated residential areas without basic infrastructure near the US-Mexico border. The mother, an immigrant from Mexico, makes paper-mâché piñatas to help support herself and her children. Her family numbers among the millions of Americans uncounted by the national census. Officially, they do not exist in the population records that determine not only Texas’ political representation in the United States Congress, but also where new schools, hospitals, firehouses and critical social services are needed.

About the photographer

Lara Jo Regan

Lara Jo Regan (Philadelphia, 1962) took up photography as a teenager, taking photographs for the school paper and her local newspapers. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, sh...

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