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 70s, Jesús 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.

Available For Exhibition

Thirty one select black and white images from the series have been beautifully matted and framed and are ready for exhibition at your venue. The collection has been shown at academic institutions on both coasts. The photographs are carefully packaged in four crates. The artist does ask that you cover the modest shipping and insurance charges.



Ann Marie Leimer, Ph.D.
Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
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