Julian Montez


Julian Montez currently lives in and is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas of San Antonio for two semesters before abandoning college for a career in IT operations. Over ten years of practice, Julian has explored and documented intercity and state-wide development. Through his career, he’s traveled the world and photographed landscapes that compare and contrast to his native Texas. Apart from his primary career, Julian also works as a freelance photographer for local San Antonio publications.

West Texas

West Texas is a place of marvel and mystery. It’s one of the most remote locations in the continental United States and that lends to its reputation. Seemingly innocuous communities are imbued with a sense of intimacy and vulnerability.

This spring, I planned a road trip through the region. With me traveled backpacking equipment and my camera. No itinerary was set for the adventure, merely an openness for experience and a mission to catalogue the region from the perspective of a native Texan from a Hispanic background. Highlighted throughout this series is also a sense of loneliness and isolation during our current political climate. During a time where West Texas is being used as a political tool with the deployment of the National Guard to the region’s border with Mexico.

A pause, a hesitation, is invited before military occupation and potential border wall construction reshapes this remote landscape.

To view more of Julian Montez’s work please visit his website.

Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!

Susan Laney
Laney Contemporary
Savannah, Georgia

Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Susan Laney is the director of Laney Contemporary Fine Art and manager of the Jack Leigh estate. The gallery specializes in photography and contemporary art with a focus on the South. She is currently co-curating an Elaine Mayes exhibition to open in Fall, 2018 at the SCAD Museum of Art.

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