Latino photographer Jose Galvez will visit Hiram College for the Bissell Symposium on Sept. 20, 2013. He will give a series of classroom talks and meet with students, faculty and staff throughout the day, and conclude with an all campus talk at 3 p.m.
For more than 40 years, Galvez has used black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. His compelling work, done with respect, pride and no pretense, captures the beauty of daily life.
For him, photographing the lives of Latinos is a lifelong commitment. His personal history, love of family and cultural knowledge enable him to pursue his work with a reverent understanding of the stories behind the images.
Galvez became acquainted with the Arizona Daily Star at the age of 10, when he carried his shoeshine box into the building. After that night, he became a permanent fixture in the newsroom. He bought a camera at a pawn shop in high school, and, inspired by his mentors at the paper, went on to major in journalism at the University of Arizona. Upon graduation he became a staff photographer at the Star.
Galvez moved on to the Los Angeles Times, becoming the first Mexican-American photographer on staff. In 1984, he was on a team of reporters and photographers that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California; they were the first ever Mexican-American journalists to win a Pulitzer Prize. He left the Times in 1992 after winning many other awards for his photographs.
Galvez has never stopped photographing Latino life in the U.S., reaching into new areas and new pursuits. He served as senior photo editor for Americanos, a multimedia exhibition led by Edward James Olmos. In 2000, he published his first solo book, Vatos, a collaboration with esteemed poet Luis Alberto Urrea.
In the last 40 years, Galvez’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad, including the Smithsonian.
In 2004, Galvez and his family moved to North Carolina to photograph Hispanic immigration in the South. In 2005, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) through the support of the Ford Foundation and JP Morgan Chase awarded him and his wife, Anne, partial funding to create the photography/oral history project “Land of Opportunity: Latino Entrepreneurs of North Carolina.”