Long recognised nationally and internationally, Kathy Vargas' photography honours her multiple social and cultural inheritances in both subject matter and methods. It weaves together Vargas' Huichol and Zapotec heritages, Catholic upringing, and early exposure to blues, gospel, and rock-and-roll music as inspiration, with an emphasis on "the cycle of life/death/acceptance/consolation/rebirth." This full-colour volume is the catalogue for the artist's first major retrospective, which opens in December 2000 at the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The catalogue features all of the artist's major series, from her early black-and-white street photography taken within walking distance of her family home in San Antonio to the signature multiple-exposures she has been composing in her studio since 1981. Hand-applied colour makes each black-and-white photograph unique, whether it is a small individual print or a component of a large-scale installation. The catalogue also includes a substantial essay by arts writer Lucy Lippard and an introduction by exhibit curator MaLin Wilson-Powell, plus the photographer's chronology, exhibitions history, and bibliography.