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Immigrant: Pit Master

Bernadette Fox | Austin, Texas, United States

Francisco, Pit Master, Immigrant. La Barbecue May 14, 2016 in Austin, TX.

It's 11:00 AM and Francisco, a.k.a. "Frank The Tank", is just finishing his night shift as Pit Master at the famous La Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Frank loves his work and especially prides himself on his award-winning sausage recipes. He's 30 years old, originally from Leon in Guanajauto, Mexico, and has been living in the United States for over 16 years. He and his wife have 4 children, all boys. He hopes they can try for a girl one day. His second oldest child has Autism. Every afternoon, after he has finished his overnight shift, he takes his son to speech therapy. Frank feels extremely grateful to live in the U.S. because of the much needed care and support that his son receives.

Produced in part with the Magnum Photos workshop series and Photographer Matt Black.

My focus lies in documenting the subtle simplicity of life from within. I hope to communicate the dynamics that I witness from a place of great intimacy, while not neglecting to leave room for the spontaneous.

Bernadette Fox



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