One of the first events Al Rendon covered for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center was the Conjunto Festival, and he continued documenting the Festival through 1993. “I was instructed – and inspired – by Juan Tejeda. Working with the Guadalupe awakened my Mexican heritage. Suddenly, I was photographing Conjunto stars that I had heard growing up. As my dad worked in his shop, he would play these masters of the accordion and bajo sexto delivering songs of the Hispanic experience on the radio. Now I was part of the scene, taking pictures on stage and backstage, capturing not only the musicians, but their effect on the dancers and families gathered for the festival. I’m proud to have a photographic record of several generations of Conjunto artists.”