Published Books

My career as a photographer spans many years and I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in producing many books. Here are some of the most recent publishings my work is featured in. If you’re looking to buy one of these books you can contact me at, alrendon@satx.rr.com

San Antonio: A Photographic Portrait is 128 pages of beautiful photography and narrative, with details and landscapes from the UNESCO world heritage missions, to our significant landmarks, beautiful Riverwalk, museums, Longhorns and Fiesta. gary and I have done projects together for decades. It’s an appropriate gift and artful addition to any decor.

For over forty years, historians, tourists, and especially King William neighbors have relied on the 1970s edition of The King William Area for reference, guidance and entertainment, this edition updates, corrects, and expands the original. Exquisite photographs of each house in the oldest designated residential historic district in Texas are supplemented with short histories and architectural descriptions.

In the American imagination, no figure is more central to national identity and the nation’s origin story than the cowboy. Yet the Americans and Europeans who settled the U.S. West learned virtually everything they knew about ranching from the indigenous and Mexican horsemen who already inhabited the region. The charro—a skilled, elite, and landowning horseman—was an especially powerful symbol of Mexican masculinity and nationalism. After the 1930s, Mexican Americans in cities across the U.S. West embraced the figure as a way to challenge their segregation, exploitation, and marginalization from core narratives of American identity. In this definitive history, Laura R. Barraclough shows how Mexican Americans have used the charro in the service of civil rights, cultural citizenship, and place-making. Focusing on a range of U.S. cities, Charros traces the evolution of the “original cowboy” through mixed triumphs and hostile backlashes, revealing him to be a crucial agent in the production of U.S., Mexican, and border cultures, as well as a guiding force for Mexican American identity and social movements.

El Charro, or man on horseback, has represented the spirit of independent Mexico since he played an important role in the 1821 revolution. The photos juxtapose the grit of the arena with the poise and polish of the charros, charras, and their horses. The essays, by Julia Hambric, Bryan Woolley, and F. E. Abernethy, describe the history of the charreada and its roots in Mexican culture.

Over a number of decades, San Antonio entrepreneur Billy Joe “Red” McCombs trained his discerning eye on old silver from the British Isles. Red is particularly fond of sliver with interesting backgrounds, significant historical events or stories of the families who owned them. One hundred silver pieces are in the collection. Beginning the tour with a 16th century silver-mounted tigerware jug and a “decent” cup for Protestant communion wine, readers will wind through era after era, and from style to style, to end with a centenary silver statuette of the heroic Admiral Nelson. Important works of Royal provenance, mix with the ordinary and practical, such as a simple waiter. Always in view are the uses of silver and the roles it played in the daily lives of English and Irish people in centuries past.

San Antonio was founded in 1718. By 1730, the viceroy of New Spain had issued orders to map plazas, squares, and parks for the Canary Islanders who would be arriving in 1731. The plazas with their markets became the centers for business and entertainment. This book highlights one of the most iconic areas in San Antonio, the Historic Market Square.