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“A Photographer’s Journey: The Work of Pedro E. Guerrero”
Film Screening and Talk
Sunday, December 06, 2015

The PBS documentary film “American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” (60 minutes) explores the remarkable life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero (1917­2012). He left behind thousands of photographs and hours of interviews. This film tells, in his own words, the remarkable story of a Mexican American boy raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to a remarkable international career. The documentary is a special co-presentation between THIRTEEN’s American Masters series and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES series.

With his outsider’s eye he produced insightful and iconic portraits of three of the most important artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Through his lens and voice the film reveals Guerrero’s unique perspective on life, art, architecture and the artists he collaborated with. After high school, Guerrero followed his older brother to Art Center School in Los Angeles (now in Pasadena), intending to study painting. To his dismay all the painting classes were filled. Instead he took photography and fell in love with the camera.

Watch the film trailer on the American Masters website. More of Guerrero’s images are viewable here.

In addition to the screening, the event will feature architectural historian Kathryn Smith-- longtime associate of the photographer and author of numerous books on Frank Lloyd Wright. Smith will provide personal insights about the photographer’s work as she introduces the film and participates in a Q&A after the screening.

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