Dominic Bracco II • Photographer Profile
Dominic Bracco II explores the effects of global economics on local communities. Although he works internationally, Dominic’s work often returns to document the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the Texas / Mexico border region where he was raised. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish literature from The University of Texas at Arlington. Past clients include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Dominic is also a founding member of the collective Prime. He is based in Mexico City.
The U.S. Mexico borderlands are most often described as the peripheries of a dividing line. My Republic refuses that lens categorically and reframes the landscape as a character that creates a unique and unifying experience far into the American Southwest and deep into northern Mexico.
Angelica Ortiz collapsed on the asphalt outside the morgue’s single door. The sun dried her tears. She lifted herself up to glance through the small glass window as if to check if he was still there. Inside her ten-year-old son lay on a cold steel gurney. She fell back down to her knees. Her husband still didn’t know. She was alone but for a small crowd of journalists who stopped to take her picture. Renato Lacayo, a Honduran journalist, stood back and watched them.
Dominic Bracco II is a photographer, visual artist, playwright, and journalist. He is a recipient of a W. Eugene Smith fellowship, multiple Pulitzer Center grants, and a Tim Hetherington Memorial Award, and was the runner-up for the Chris Hondros Fund in 2012. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post. He is a founding member of Prime Collective and lives in Mexico City.