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    These Photos Of Selena Quintanilla Are Iconic

    "I could feel the energy and excitement which was a result of her building fame and recognition."

    If there's anything I love as much as Selena Quintanilla's music, it's her photos. Her style has always been well documented, through her imagery and her personality always shined through.

    selena quintanilla laughing while having her photograph taken
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    Over Selena's career, she's been able to cultivate a fan base that is still very strong and always growing. So I decided to reach out to the photographer who is responsible for creating some of the most popular images we all know and love.

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    ©Copyright John Dyer Photography 1992, 1994 / mcnayart.org / heidivaughanfineart.com

    BuzzFeed spoke to Texas photographer John Dyer about his experience photographing Selena and his time working with her on two occasions between 1992 and 1994.

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    Courtesy of John Dyer

    John said the first time he photographed Selena in 1992 was for "a full article shoot for a national magazine (her first)."

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera while wearing a checkered jacket
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    He added, "She was a delight to work with both times."

    "The second shoot we did [in 1994] was much shorter and more like a photoshoot with an established star. Quiet, less overt excitement, but she was still willing to pose in the ways I wanted."

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    During his first shoot with Selena, John was tasked with photographing Selena for the upcoming cover of Mas Magazine. According to John, "She drove up by herself in her little red hatchback and parked in front of my studio."

    selena quintanilla laughing while having her photograph taken wearing a checked jacket
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    "I had gotten a call from Mas Magazine, a magazine devoted to Latino culture and lifestyle," he began.

    "They wanted a cover and main spread profiling this young Texas singer who was starting to make a name for herself in the world of Tejano music."

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera while standing in front of a white backdrop
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    "I had heard of Selena but I didn’t know very much about her and certainly had no idea of what was to come."

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera with her hands out
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    John detailed the shoot's setup, saying, "For the cover, we shot in front of a gray background. Then we moved in front of a red curtain above a black and white checked floor.

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    "We ended outside the studio against a white seamless in the warm afternoon light. Selena’s quick smile, infectious laugh, and unending energy made her a pleasure to work with."

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    The second time John photographed Selena was for Texas Monthly in 1994, and by this time she had already become famous and was known to many.

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera while wearing a floral striped jacket, she is sitting down on a patterned chair
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    "We met at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, a favorite place of mine. She had just finished two exhausting days of shooting TV commercials for a corporate sponsor. She was tired. I had brought a beautiful hand-made jacket for her to wear. I posed her in the alcove on the mezzanine of the theater where the light is particularly nice...

    Between when I photographed her at the Majestic and the Texas Monthly article coming out, she was killed. The art director, my old friend DJ Stout, used one of the more somber shots I had done for his cover chronicling her death."

    John went on to say that the response from Selena's fans has been "pretty unbelievable." "What’s hard for me to believe is that as the years pass, her fame keeps growing," he added.

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera while holding a jacket behind her
    ©Copyright John Dyer Photography 1992, 1994 / mcnayart.org / heidivaughanfineart.com

    "When we opened my “Selena Forever/Siempre Selena” exhibition at the McNay Museum in San Antonio, I saw many people in tears."

    selena quintanilla getting her portrait taken
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    "I believe that’s a combination of the emotion people still have for her and the personal, truthful way I photographed her."

    "That positive feedback keeps increasing as more time passes since her death. Personally, I feel very lucky to have met and photographed her and feel that I got the very best portraits of her that exist."

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    ©Copyright John Dyer Photography 1992, 1994 / mcnayart.org / heidivaughanfineart.com

    John believes he used his skills accumulated throughout the years as a photographer to photograph Selena "in the ways I thought would be most sensitive to her as a person, woman and performer."

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera in front of a white backdrop
    ©Copyright John Dyer Photography 1992, 1994 / mcnayart.org / heidivaughanfineart.com

    "And, to produce portraits of her that are truthful, honest and free of artifice."

    selena quintanilla posing for the camera whole standing on a checkered floor and red backdrop
    ©Copyright John Dyer Photography 1992, 1994 / mcnayart.org / heidivaughanfineart.com

    And if you ask me, he has succeeded in just that. Her photographs are always beautiful and her music will continue to bring in new fans appreciative of her work.

    selena quintanilla looking directly into the camera for a photo while resting her head against a wall
    ©Copyright John Dyer Photography 1992, 1994 / mcnayart.org / heidivaughanfineart.com

    To visit the exhibition and learn more about John Dyer and his photographs check out McNay Art Museum and Heidi Vaughan Fine Art.

    To check out John's photographs for purchase, click here.

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