Amanda Lopez was born and raised in Sacramento, California under the watchful eye of her parents and paintings of La Virgen de Guadalupe. Her father lent her a camera at the age of 17, and photography soon became her savior. She studied art at San Francisco State University, and continued to shoot around the Bay Area and beyond. Whether she's photographing Latina homegirls, street musicians or members of her family, Lopez's camera eye looks for a balance of beauty, strength and urban tenacity. Her work has been published in Vibe, XXL, The Reed Pages, Rollingstone, XLR8R, Essence, Hamburger Eyes and the books "Street World," by Roger Gastman, Upper Playground's "Backyard Shake Down" and "Girls Got Kicks," the first photo documentary about women sneaker collector. Lopez continues to be influenced by her Latina background and the energy of American cities. She believes La Virgen de Guadalupe has guided her well.
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