Documentary Photography

Jesús Garza is a documentary photographer currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas. Originally from San José, California, Garza has captured intimate photographs for more than five decades. Several of Garza's photos 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.

Garza's photographs are in the collection of 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. See Garza's Curriculum Vitae.

Documenting the Chicano experience since 1963

From the beginning for the San José Museum of Art in 1974 to the present for Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Jesús Garza has been asked to talk about and exhibit his photographs, participate on panels, teach workshops and university classes.


Garza's photographs were published in: Amazing Americans: Post-War United States Era, Cesar Chavez, Wright Group/McGraw-Hill. The Fight in The Fields, Susan Ferriss, Harcourt Brace & Company. The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race and Mexicans in Northern California, Dr. Stephen Pitti, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. Princeton University Press. Cesar Chavez and La Causa, Dan La Botz, Visiting Assistant Professor-History, Miami University, Ohio, Pearson Longman Press. Smithsonian Q & A: Latino History & Culture: The Ultimate Question & Answer Book, Ilan Stavans, Harper Collins Publishers and in other books, magazines and articles.


Video: Cheech Marin On the Chicano Dream Exhibition

"Chicano Dream", Le Musée d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France, 2014

Photography Links

Garza's Adobe Portfolio

Garza's Press Kit

Garza's Biography

Chicano Photography

Documenting Chicana Artists and Academics

Documenting the Chicano Experience

Commercial Photography

Garza's Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

Documenting Familia (Family)

Documenting Mexico

Documenting Infrastructure and Americana

Landscape Photography

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Fulbright Specialist Program

Garza has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP). FSP promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.



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Updated March 6, 2017 · Copyright 2017 Jesús Manuel Mena Garza · All rights reserved

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