Jose Galvez: Dia de los Muertos


Jose Galvez: Dia de Los Muertos


October 9 – 31, 2009 at the Lobby Gallery, LoDi PROJECT, Raleigh NC

Jose Galvez majored in journalism at the University of Arizona, and upon graduation
José’s participation in the Chicano Movement led him to see his work as more than a
passion: he had a responsibility to capture the history of his people.

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: the first Chicanos
to win the 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 multi-media exhibition led by Edward
James Olmos. In 2000, he published his first solo book, Vatos, a collaboration with
esteemed poet Luis Alberto Urrea. Then, in Beloved Land, he and oral historian Patricia
Martin explored the lives of Mexican pioneer ranchers in the American Southwest. In the
last 40 years, Galvez’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries here
and abroad, including the Smithsonian.

In 2004, José 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.”

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