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San Antonio is an ancient city with a bright future. Obsessive about its history, the Alamo City has carefully crafted its environment around its river, conserving great architecture, maintaining beautiful flora, and celebrating its vibrant culture. The Alamo and its four sister missions have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Amidst reverence for its storied past, San Antonio has always had its eye on the horizon, constantly reinventing neighborhoods and districts to incorporate the most recent influx of visionaries, scientists, teachers, and creatives. From the River Walk to industry, San Antonio enters the next 300 years with confidence and verve.
A native son, Al Rendon has made a lifelong career of photographing San Antonio and its culture. This is an intimate portrait of a much beloved city. All of the famous landmarks are here, along with food, fiestas, and fun.
About the Author
A San Antonio copywriter, Gary S. Whitford specializes in nonprofit marketing and the arts. He has edited two books by
Juanita Chipman that compile the writings of women in the family of Dr. Ferdinand Herff, a German surgeon that came to San Antonio with the Turnverein movement. Gary grew up in Wichita, Kansas and arrived in San Antonio in 1970. He has worked as a newspaper editor, publications specialist, multimedia director and, for most of his career, freelancer. Al Rendon and Gary have worked together on various projects for more than 30 years. From a long poem with 28 images called Fragile, Romance, to exhibit concepts and other business support, Gary has always been "Al's writer." Gary has two children and three grandchildren. He lives with his partner and two dachshunds on the Northside.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Al Rendon is San Antonio's photographer. From landmarks to community leaders, Al has photographed the face and heart of San Antonio. He has also operated fine art galleries, and his exhibitions have traveled the world. His photographs have filled books about the history of Fiesta, Charreada, and Red McCombs' fine silver collection. Al is both craftsman and artist. His commercial photography crafts excellent images for executive portraiture, architectural documentation, and marketing. Al's art photography spans San Antonio's culture. In the 1980s, he served as official photographer for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Fiesta Commission, and for many years, has provided editorial use photography to the Convention & Visitor's Bureau. In 2011, Al was one of six photographers chosen to represent San Antonio at the International Photographic Art Exhibition in Lishui City, China. His archival prints are in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Cattle Raisers Museum in Fort Worth, and the Mexican American Museum of Art in Chicago.