"Chicano Park", Jesús Manuel Mena Garza, San José, California, 1972

Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
Documentary Photographer


Jesús Garza has captured intimate photographs of his community for more than five decades. Several of Garza's images have coalesced in an archive titled, Imágenes Xicano. Select images from this archive form Garza's traveling exhibition Chicano Photographer. Photos from this series and others have been published in books, posters and magazines.

Documenting the Chicano experience (and more) since 1963

Garza's photographs are collected by individuals, corporations, universities and museums - including the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. He has exhibited and lectured about his documentary photographs from coast to coast. Venues range from the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D. C. (for the Smithsonian), University of California at Berkeley, University of Redlands, Saint Mary's College of Maryland, University of North Texas, San Bernardino County Museum, San José State University and others.

More recently, the photographer has been asked to exhibit internationally. From Mexico City's El Museo Universitario Arte Conemporáneo (MUAC) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to Le Musée d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France. Please contact Jesús Garza if you are interested in a show, a lecture or his participation on a panel.


"Chicano Dream", Exhibition photo courtesy of Le Musée d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France, 2014

Video: Cheech Marin On the Chicano Dream Exhibition

Documentary Photography Links

Garza's Adobe Portfolio

Garza's Press Kit 

Chicano Photography

Documenting Mexico

Documenting Chicana Artists and Academics

Documenting the Chicano Experience

Documenting Chicana Artists and Academics

Documenting the Chicano Experience

Documenting Infrastructure and Americana

Commercial, Class, Seminar and Workshop Rates 

Landscape Photography

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Updated August 29, 2016 · Copyright 2016 Jesús Manuel Mena Garza · All rights reserved.