In 1981, Al Rendon received an assignment that changed the content of much of his photography over the next 25 years. As part of his overall coverage of Fiesta San Antonio, the Fiesta Commission sent Al to photograph Charreada. The assignment became an obsession; Al befriended members of the San Antonio Charro Association. He was there to photograph the elegant pageantry, the thrilling action and the colorful crowds. Texas historian and curator Bruce Shackleford wrote, “Dodging moving horses, ropes, and the excited crowds for over 20 years, Al Rendon has artfully captured the action and excitement of the Charreada for the rest of the world to see.” The result is well documented in Charreada: Mexican Rodeo in Texas, published by University of North Texas Press in 2002. The photos have been exhibited throughout the country.
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