landscape photographer Sharon Stewart, an Edinburg native and
daughter of B.R. Stewart and the late Jean Stewart, has photographed
the Lower Rio Grande Valley for the past 15 years. Photography is in
her genes as her great grandfather and several of his siblings were
photographers during the late 1800s. In her photographs she conveys
the Valley's lush subtropical and agrarian vistas and dilated sense
of time by using the enhanced visual spectrum of black and white
As a founding member of the Houston Center for Photography, her photo narrative "Toxic Tour of Texas" -focusing citizen efforts to successfully challenge government and industry hazardous waste practices- is widely considered a primer for socially engaged photography. She continued her photographic exploration of water issues by creating a village life portrait of El Cerrito, New Mexico illustrating the residents' interdependence on the community irrigation ditch or "acequia"- one of the oldest extant water systems in the Southwest.