Laura Husar Garcia is an award-winning photographer, photo editor and children’s book author. Her work includes websites, books, marketing, editorial, private collections and fine art exhibitions.
Garcia’s freelance list includes various marketing and advertising agencies, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, National Geographic Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Agence France-Presse and The London Sun.
Garcia specializes in uplifting, documentary-style family photography. She is the owner of Red Cup Photography, which caters commercial, editorial and private markets in the Chicago area and beyond. She has an ongoing personal photo project in Mexico, as well as a documentary project about nuns.
A permanent installation of Garcia’s photography is exhibited in historic Oak Park, IL since March, 2010. Garcia’s work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Santa Fe, NM, Lawrence, KS and Quito, Ecuador. Garcia has been a participating artist in the Chicago Arts District for several years.
Garcia’s photographs are published in the national bestseller, “America At Home: A Close-up Look at How We Live” created by Rick Smolan (Sausalito, C.A.: Against All Odds Productions, 2008). This book’s sponsor list includes IKEA and Google, and is one of the largest collaborative photography projects in publishing history.
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 was a member of the Pilsen Art Walk advisory board, Chicago, 2003.
The Polish Museum of America exhibited Garcia’s work in Chicago, 2002-2003. The extended museum exhibit was titled, “Beyond the Veil.”
Garcia was a co-recipient of a first-place Community Grant from the Illinois Humanities Council in 2002, which funded a year-long documentary project on Chicago nuns and led to an extended museum exhibit at The Polish Museum of America in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune, Assistant Picture Editor, 1999-2001.
Garcia was the photo editor for photographer Dorie Hagler’s visionary project, “Behind Every Cup”, funded by Coffee Kids, Santa Fe, N.M., 1999.
The New Mexican, Santa Fe, N.M., Senior Photographer and Photo Editor, 1990-1995.
Garcia has also worked at several other newspapers, including The Santa Fe New Mexican, The Albuquerque Journal, The Kansas City Star and The Nashville Banner.
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 and photo columnist for The Chicago Tribune.