Laura Husar Garcia is a Chicago-based photographer who has documented the intimacies of the human spirit and the beauty of nature for more than 25 years, initially as a photojournalist and today as a fine art photographer. Her work has been exhibited in galleries both nationally and internationally. Garcia’s photographs have been published in several books, including “America At Home: A Close-up Look at How We Live”, which is one of the largest collaborative photography projects in publishing history. A year-long documentary project was exhibited at The Polish Museum of America in Chicago after co-winning a 1st place Community Grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. Garcia has won several national awards, and her photographs have been published in major newspapers, magazines and books. Garcia is a founding member of f8 Collective, a fine art photography collective with eight members, based in Chicago. Garcia is also the Co-Founder of Three Story Media (www.threestorymedia.com), a Chicago-based production company that delivers visual storytelling with a documentary style.
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As a freelance photo editor, Garcia helps documentary photographers build and update their portfolios. She also edits long-term visual projects from sometimes thousands of images down to a cohesive body of a few dozen. She clarifies creative vision, image selection, storytelling and audience. Garcia, a former photo editor of The Chicago Tribune and The Santa Fe New Mexican, has been a freelance photo editor for 15 years. She was a portfolio reviewer at Columbia College in Chicago, a photo editor for two books and a regional contest judge for the National Association of Press Photographers. An encourager, Garcia meets with visual storytellers at all levels, from working professionals to college level. Her background in journalism brings an understanding of strong, clear storytelling, and her active involvement with the arts brings a defined eye for beautiful storytelling.
Freelance clients include: The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, Sports Illustrated, Agence France-Presse, Mother Earth News Magazine, The London Sun, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Press, University of New Mexico Press, various independent freelance photographers who have hired Garcia for her photo editing skills.
Garcia was the photo editor for two books: “A Voice in Our Wilderness”, written by Chicago Tribune columnist John Husar, published by Triumph Books, 2004, and “Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago”, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Blair Kamin, published by University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL., 2003.
Book publishing clients include: Against All Odds Productions, University of New Mexico Press, Running Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, Rigby Press Books, Sunstone Press, University of Chicago Press and Triumph Books.
Commercial clients include: Three Story Media (www.threestorymedia.com), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, RE/MAX, ESPN Chicago, The Bump Magazine, La Casa de Cultura (Quito, Ecuador).
Garcia has written five children’s books:
“My Hero” (Boston, M.A.: Rigby – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2008). Author and photographer.
“Life in the City” (Orlando, Florida: Rigby, 2007). Author.
“The Train Ride” (Austin, Texas: Harcourt Achieve Inc, 2006). Author.
“A Better Idea” (Austin, Texas: Harcourt Achieve Inc, 2006). Author.
“Pueblo Ruins” (Melbourne, Australia: Rigby, 2000). Author and photographer.
Garcia’s photographs are published in “Santa Fe Bohemia: The Art Colony 1964-1980” (Santa Fe, N.M.: Sunstone Press, 2006).
Garcia’s photographs are published in “A Voice in Our Wilderness: John Husar’s Timeless Writings on the Outdoors, Strange Meals, and Life’s Simple Moments” (Chicago, IL: Triumph Books, 2004). In addition, Garcia was the photo editor of this book.
Garcia was an assistant photo editor for “Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Blair Kamin (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2003).
Garcia is fluent in Spanish and has lived in many countries, including Mexico, Ecuador and The Czech Republic. She has photographed Gypsies in Prague, Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico, teenage mothers in Ecuador and markets in Morocco. Garcia currently lives in Chicago with her husband Alex, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.