Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship Winner: Francisco Javier Banda Silva / by Selma Fernandez


Congratulations to this year's “Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship” recipient Mexican Francisco Javier Banda Silva. He will be joining us this March for Finding your vision: Oaxaca, Mexico 2019 with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb.

His photographic work consists of portraits of young Chicanos living on the border between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, U.S. "The work focuses on the present day condition and lifestyles of Cholos, Gang Members, die hard Low-Rider fans, skaters, and tattoo artists,” writes Banda, the 24-year-old Mexican photographer.

We are grateful to the nearly 70 young Mexican photographers who applied to the "Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship" from all over Mexico and the US. Also we would like to thank Mary Ellen Mark’s friends and former students, without whom this scholarship would not have been possible.