When José was 10, he carried his shoeshine box into the building of the Arizona Daily Star. After that night, he was a permanent fixture in the newsroom. He bought a camera at a pawn shop in high school and inspired by his mentors at the paper, went on to major in journalism at the University of Arizona. Upon graduation he became a staff photographer at the Star. No matter what his assignments were early on, José always focused his lens on the barrios of Tucson – his home – and the people who lived, worked, and loved there. He had his first professional exhibition when he was just 22 years old. At about the same time, José’s participation in the Chicano Movement led him to see his work as more than a passion: he had a responsibility to capture the history of his people.
His compelling work, done with respect, pride and no pretense, captures the beauty of daily life. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad, including the Smithsonian. José’s keynote address will focus on his journey, work, and the impact of Latino communities across the United States.
See more of his work at https://www.josegalvez.com/.