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Jesus Manuel Mena Garza

Jesus Manuel Mena Garza

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Profession: Documentary Photographer
Status: Chicano Photographer
Location: San Francisco, Ca , United States ( SFO )
Home base: Redlands, CA USA
URL: http://www.jmmgarza.com/photo/
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Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Organization: Jesus Garza Photography
Journal: http://chicanoyque.blogspot.com/
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Last login: over 7 years ago
Member since: 02 Oct 2007 05:10


When I was eight years old, I remember shuffling through a drawer where I found 35mm negatives my sister Dolores had hidden. I pulled them out and held them to the light. They looked like film strips used in elementary school projectors during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The celluloid miniatures held a certain mystery. I wondered how you could make a print from such a small negative. What made this transformation possible?

From this raw beginning, I pursued the many skills necessary to become a professional photographer. I advanced from first taking simple snapshots to eventually exhibiting in galleries. My role as critical observer empowered me, but developing technically and aesthetically as an artist required a great deal of effort and continual experimentation. It also required coursework, taking countless pictures and endless discovery. Over the years, I have learned how to effectively previsualize, capture, store and distribute my art.

During the 1970s, I explored and documented Chicano culture through photography. At this time, Chicanos struggled to enter the American mainstream while retaining their identity. Previously, Chicanos and Chicanas, Mexican-Americans or Hispanics were known as the silent minority. In the 1970s, I became part of a new, loud and proud chorus. Today, I exhibit my work, lecture and lead workshops.



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