Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker Ray Telles and Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) artist-in-residence talks about the importance of telling the stories and accomplishments of leaders and artists in our community.
Join CLPR for a screening and brief discussion of Ray Telles’ film “A Photographer’s Journey,” a documentary film that tells the story of Pedro E. Guerrero, a Mexican-American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary, and often overlooked career as an international photographer.
About “A Photographer’s Journey”
“A Photographer’s Journey” captures the remarkable life and work of Pedro Guerrero (1917-2012). He left behind thousands of photographs and nearly 15 hours of interviews beautifully shot in 2011. This film tells, in his own words, the remarkable story of a Mexican American boy born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona in the early years of the 20th century who goes on to a remarkable international career. Through his lens and voice we will explore Pedro’s unique perspective on life, art, architecture and the artists he encountered. Guerrero used his outsider’s eye to produce insightful and iconic portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson as well as important images of modernist architecture. He was the first Hispanic to enroll in Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship in 1939. Yet his story is largely unknown.