Jesús Manuel Mena Garza Photography

Documenting the Chicanx Experience: The Chicano Photographer

Jesús Garza's name is synonymous with Chicanx Photography. His iconic photographs of César E. Chávez, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales form the nucleus of the Chicanx Photography canon. His photographs are collected by individuals, corporations, universities and museums - including the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. Garza has exhibited and lectured about his photographs from coast to coast and more recently, internationally. Please feel free to contact Jesús at (682) 365-8702 to start a conversation.

[photo]The Chicano Photographer Series and Collection

Chicano Photographer is a historic collection of documentary photographs exploring San José, California and its growing Chicano community from 1970 to 1975. The images illuminate elements of a disappearing city landscape and the dynamic activists, artists and issues of that period. For this important exhibition, Jesús Garza gleaned images from thousands of slides and negatives from his personal archive.

During the 1970s, Jesús Manuel Mena Garza toured with theater groups and participated in the El Movimiento Chicano -- the Chicano Movement. From the Southwest to Mexico, the documentary photographer took intimate portraits of people fighting for human rights and against the Vietnam war. The thousands of photographs offer a retrospective glimpse from the unique perspective of a photojournalist, artist and activist.

One thing is certain, you can't go back to the 1970s (forty years ago) and take pictures of United Farm Workers President César E. Chávez and Crusade For Justice Founder Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales. That's what makes this photographic series so valuable.

Before the Chicano Movement, Mexican-Americans were considered the quiet minority. As evidenced in Jesús Garza's photographs, Chicanos united as a loud and proud voice for change in the 70s. The photographs illuminate the iconic figures and everyday people that transformed America. Several prominent universities have asked for this collection for their archive.

Free César E. Chávez Wallpaper and Posters Downloads


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The photograph of César Chávez is an important visual reminder of the continuing struggles of the United Farm Workers of America Union (UFW). It was through their determination that we enjoy many of the freedoms we have today.

The UFW leader began his activist career in the San José barrio of Sal Si Puede. Today, I can still hear Chávez say loud and proud, "Si se puede!"

Free Wallpaper of César E. Chávez

Free posters of César Chávez, Corky Gonzales and More

Free Chicano Photographer or Chicano Movement PowerPoint (PPT) for your School or Nonprofit

Three Chicano Photographer YouTube Videos

Documenting Chicana Artists


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