FAMILIAS: Santa Rosalia

I will be photographing portraits and recording oral histories of families in Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico, October 15 - November 15, 2019, in conjunction with the town’s House of Culture.

~ an 8”x10” portrait will be provided to each participating family free of charge

~ individual portraits will also be photographed

~ an exhibition of the portraits will be displayed at the House of Culture in the center of town during the project

~ a book of portraits and family stories, in both Spanish and English, will be published and made available throughout Baja

~ gallery exhibitions will be sought in Ensenada, Tecate, San Felipe, San Quintin, San Ignacio, Mulegé, La Paz, Los Barriles, Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos

~ the project will include teaching an after school digital photography class to local students and also creating hi-res, archival images of the deteriorating historic photos on display at the House of Culture


I conducted a scouting trip in late April, 2019

The project will take place October, 2019.

~ families will be photographed Wednesdays through Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 3:00 pm, at the House of Culture

~ individual portraits will be taken at the historic, abandoned mine



Sponsorships are being sought to underwrite some of the project’s expenses. It is my hope that El Boleo Mine will become a sponsor, as well as Canon, Fuji, Freestyle Photographic, and Polaroid Originals.


I visited Santa Rosalia in October, 2018, during a solo motorcycle trip the length of the Baja peninsula. I was warmly welcomed during two stays in this small mining town while photographing local people in the town center. It is my desire to capture images of the town’s local families and to present them with memorable portraits.

Contact: rick@rickalbertson.com 323 896 1951 www.rickalbertson.com


I am seeking an intermediate level photography or journalism student to assist on this project.

See: Internship Application


Santa Rosalia is a fascinating, beautiful small port located on the Sea of Cortez. Originally founded in 1705, the town failed to prosper until copper was discovered and El Boleo mine was established in 1884, by a French company. As such, much of this Mexican town’s architecture is uniquely French Colonial and its unusual church, clad in iron panels and rivets, was designed by Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower). The town’s history has been interwoven ever since with that of the mine.

Casa de la Cultura, Santa Rosalia

Casa de la Cultura, Santa Rosalia