The Lost Barrio
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Barrio Libre (Spanish for “free district”) is Tucson’s major Spanish-speaking neighborhood and has played an important role in the development of the city. Located just south of Presidio de San Agustín del Tucson, one of Spain’s northern forts, the district was originally settled by laborers from the presidio as well as ranchers who built their town homes in the district. Many of the barrio’s residents became prominent citizens who helped shape the development of Tucson.
Within Barrio Libre we will visit two photographically interesting locations: the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson and La Placita Village. The first is a walled adobe fortress reconstructed as a replica of Tucson’s original city, and the second is a collection of 10 adobe, brick, and wood frame buildings built to resemble a Mexican marketplace.
Learn how light and shadow can have profound effects on your images as you observe how sunlight falls through the cracks in the thatched roof of an old adobe house.
Observe the beauty of Arizona’s people as well as it’s native plants while improving your outdoor photography skills in this colorful and vibrant neighborhood.
Barrio Libre still retains 19th-century Hispanic traditions of urban form and architecture. The concentration of Sonoran, Transitional and American Victorian adobes provide a unique and interesting setting for photography. There are also examples of modern architecture tinted with primary color palettes – a successful image of these buildings can look like a photographic interpretation of a Mondrian painting.
We will meet at the Tucson Museum of Art outside the main entrance on the east side of the building in front of the tall yellow sculpture. Please bring your fully charged digital camera, an extra charged battery (if you have one,) and any other photographic equipment you would like to use during the class. Please dress for the weather and wear your most comfortable shoes.
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