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Hollister Independence Rally: Birthplace of the American Biker by Emilio Bañuelos October 28, 2010

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  1. well, a good view on people and situations. but this black a white seems to be a little stylish.


Emilio Bañuelos earned his degree from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2001, since then he has worked as a photographer and consultant for newspapers in Mexico and Panama as an editorial photographer for publications in Illinois, Hawaii and California. Emilio teaches undergraduate documentary photography in San Francisco and Guadalajara, Mexico, and works with supplemental art programs as a youth mentor and photography instructor. He is a co-founder of Black Boots Ink a publication about the rituals of life in the pursuit of happiness.

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Artist Testimonial

Hollister, California has been the site of annual motorcycle rallies around July Fourth since 1947. A riot at the first ralley was the basis for the 1954 film The Wild One starring Marlon Brando who passed away on July 1, 2004.

“HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – February 15, 2009 – The Hollister City Council voted 3-2 to cancel the 2009 Hollister Independence Rally, citing concerns over the potential cost to the City’s already struggling general fund. Starting in 2004, the City had to begin paying increased costs for assistance from state law enforcement agencies.” Hollister City Council Press Release

My work considers how our behavior is influenced by cultural norms and perpetuated in the society at large. I photograph groups of people in highly public settings – city streets, at church rituals and public gatherings. In doing so, I am interested in the individual caught between the pressures of acting within the confines of the group and his or her own beliefs.

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