Photo: National Polka Festival Audience, 2017, Ennis, Texas
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Jesús Manuel Mena Garza is primarily known as a documentary photographer and videographer.  Jesús Garza is a graduate of San José State University with a BA in Journalism with a Photojournalism emphasis. For more than a half a century, he has specialized in documenting people, infrastructure and events.
Garza operated a photography studio, gallery and darkroom in San José, California from 1980 to 1999. The Fall of 1999, the artist moved to Austin so his wife could attend graduate school. At the University of Texas at Austin, Ann Marie Leimer earned a Masters and PhD. The couple still resides in Texas. In Fort Worth, Jesús Garza freelances as a photographer and videographer while his wife is a university professor. 
As a teen, back in the 60s, Jesús Garza volunteered in his community. He tutored teens in their homes, in community centers and on college campuses, Garza collected food for the hungry and donated his time and labor in support of the arts and farmworkers. Today, the 67 year old continues to volunteer. That includes teaching photography and RVing classes for seniors at Tarrant Valley Community College. 
For as long as Garza can remember, he has been an avid hiker and backpacker. Garza loves camping and being in the great American outdoors. Being in nature, forces the artist to take a respite from his routine and accept our modest place in the universe. A spiritually grounding experience.
As a hobby, Garza created three YouTube channels. 
Garza's Photography, Video and Commentary Channel: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMCtI2P70RhJr6Z1kNcSKBA
Jesús Garza Explores Camping, RVing and His Travels On This Channel: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMRCOVPnHu5HYDYGrPxcng
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