Elaine Moreno—Photographer














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Archiving and preserving mi familia’s story...



“Aunque estuve aquí por muchos años, todo el tiempo pensaba en estar allí. Pues porque yo crecí allá, fui a la escuela, fui parte de la universidad, mis amistades como mi mamá, mis hermanas, yo tenía a todos allá.”
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What does it mean to archive and preserve?

Photography has allowed me to navigate through this special change in my family’s life. Mami y Papi’s experience of archiving their photographs with notes from their time apart is my biggest source of inspiration. At a very young age I was obsessed with their story- sacrificing in pursuit of a better opportunity. 

Archiving and preserving my family’s story is important to me, driving me throughout my practice to illustrate my thoughts and emotions through photography and language. I am inspired by my Mexican-American heritage, being a born-and-raised Bay Area native, and my experiences as the daughter of immigrants. It is important for me to create work that brings awareness to current social and cultural realities through the narrative of a woman of color in America.


“Es difícil la decisión otra vez volver a empezar en tu país. Creo que en mi caso, tengo más años de vivir aquí que en México porque me vine joven.”
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